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Bring our dynamic, tailored consulting services and professional development workshops to your organization, school or school district and learn how to engage, include, and listen to what families have to say. Our services help school district leaders, educators, public officials and other professionals acquire competencies to collaborate with families and learn strategies that contribute to equitable partnerships and improved youth and family outcomes.


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Parents are natural advocates in the lives of their children and as experts on their families and communities, they can provide valuable insights into their needs. We help organizations include parent voices because we believe that decisions and policies that affect families should be created from the lived experience and perspectives of families. But in many cases organizations and institutions are not ready to receive parents and co-identify issues and co-create solutions.

Is your school, organization or institution looking to include parent and family voices into your programs, initiatives, or policies? Washington Family Engagement can help you open the door and set the table for meaningful conversations.

The ParentNet® facilitation method fosters equitable community dialogue and engagement and helps groups of parents build relationships and trust, share stories, talk about diverse cultural perspectives, and discuss pressing school and community issues that concerns their families and neighborhoods.

For organizations and Institutions

If you are working on a new program, initiative, project, or policy that will impact kids and families, we can help you integrate parent and caregivers voice into your work. Washington Family Engagement provides outreach, facilitation training, coaching, and technical assistance to implement ParentNet®. For more information, contact info@wafamilyengagement.org

For schools

ParentNet® prepares parents to partner with their schools, organize and facilitate grade-level meetings that bring other parents and school staff together to discuss student and school topics. These meetings help parents learn from each other and help school leaders learn what parents are concerned about and what is going well. ParentNet® meetings are welcoming, participatory, cross-cultural and held online. ParentNet® can be implemented in pre-schools, K-12th schools in English and Spanish. Washington Family Engagement will train parents and provide technical assistance to schools. For more information, contact info@wafamilyengagement.org

ParentNet® History

ParentNet® was created in 1992 by Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell and Sue Grijalva at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington, to connect parents with one another and school staff in a meaningful way, promote respectful dialog, and learn from each other. In 2001, the program grew nationally, and 30 years later, it is still a successful model for parent voice. The ParentNet® program was acquired by Washington Family Engagement in 2014.



Re-structure your school and school district to better partner with families and increase your school and district staff engagement skills by bringing our dynamic, effective consulting services, online and in-person, to your workplace. Our work helps district and school leaders, educators and other professionals acquire competencies and learn new strategies that contribute to collaborative and equitable school-family partnerships and increased student achievement.

Technical Assistance and Professional Development

We customize our services to meet school districts and school needs and help educators build their professional practice. We offer customized professional development webinars, workshops, seminars, coaching, and assistance with strategic planning.

  • Help school district leaders create family engagement departments, classified Family Engagement Coordinators or similar positions, and develop professional accountability systems.
  • Train Family Engagement Coordinators/ Liaisons/ Specialists and other school personnel to better engage diverse families.
  • Help school administrators embed family engagement strategies into school improvement plans.
  • Train school staff to design, plan and implement parent Academies and Universities.
  • Develop and trainparent advisory councils/committees for schools and districts.
  • Conduct School buildings’ walk-throughs.

Bring our consulting services to your school or district. To find out prices and availability, please contact us!


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