Family Friendly Schools

Before you begin exploring the application process, it’s important to submit the form below providing your contact information. The five steps are often easier than they seem, and we want to make sure you receive all the tools and support we offer as you go through the process. Be sure to register for the 2024 fall webinars today,

The KY Collaborative for Families and Schools was developed under the Statewide Family Engagement Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, activities do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Step 1

Start a conversation about family engagement using one of these tools

Step 2

Skim the KY Family and School Partnership Guide for base knowledge

This is your all in one place document. Scroll to page 19 of the document for a detailed checklist to get Family Friendly certified.

Step 3

Take the School Self-Assessment and Online Training Modules

3hrs total

Step 4

Choose one objective of the Self-Assessment with the KY Family Engagement Digital Playbook

Find ideas to support each objective in the KY Family Engagement Digital Playbook.

Step 5

Apply for Kentucky Family Friendly Certificate

Spring application window is March 15th thru May 1st.
Fall application window is August 15th through October 1st.

Applications will be accepted March 15th through May 1st and August 15th through October 1st.

Please email if you have any questions. Once certified, you may contact Southland to purchase a school banner or decal.

Congratulations to all the Family Friendly Schools

To see the full 2024 Family Friendly School Listing, click here. If you want to learn how to become a family friendly school, read the article by Kenwood Principal, Jill Handley.

KY Statewide Family Engagement Center Resources - A one-stop-shop for trainings, resources, and contacts to build strong family-school partnership in Kentucky schools.

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