Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health (PDF | 1.74 MB)


This publication defines and describes parent engagement and identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement in schools’ health promotion activities. School administrators, teachers, support staff, and others interested in promoting parent engagement should refer to this resource.

Rudd Roots Parents

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University

This Web site has easy-to-use tools and relevant research to help parent advocates craft a compelling and well-founded argument for change.

Family Fun, Food and Fitness Event Planning Guide (PDF | 47.3 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Guidebook provides instructions for planning and promoting a health-centered, family-friendly, school or child care center sponsored event and includes specific instructions detailing both nutrition and fitness activities.

Local School Wellness 101 (PDF | 22.2 MB)

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Missouri Team Nutrition.

This guide to involvement in school wellness informs parents of policy, goal areas, project ideas, ways to take action, and resources to help with local school wellness. Visit the main page for even more information on parents' involvement.

Health and Safety Program Resources

National Parent Teacher Association.

This Web site includes information and links to resources and ideas for PTA leaders on creating safe environments that encourage healthy, safe choices and social and emotional support for all students.

Building Parent-Teacher Relationships

American Federation of Teachers.

Effective communication is essential for building school-family partnerships. It constitutes the foundation for all other forms of family involvement in education.

Parents in Action!: A Guide to Engaging Parents in Local School Wellness

California Project LEAN.

This toolkit provides strategies for reaching parents, resources for assessing the school environment, fact sheets on relevant school nutrition and physical activity topics, parent education resources, and resources that will assist with the advocacy process.

Healthier Middle Schools Everyone Can Help

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, foodservice managers, and students in school wellness efforts.

Parents for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids.

Informed and involved parents are motivated to push for changes that make school environments healthier. Use these resources to get parents engaged!

Engaging Parents in School Health


Identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement in schools’ health promotion activities.

Empowered Parents for School Wellness

Iowa Department of Education.

The 1 ½ hour workshop will empower parents to support school meals and lead change for school wellness. The school Food Service Director can “team up” to lead the workshop with a local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), dietetic student, school nurse, health teacher, etc. Workshop materials include a leader guide, handouts, fact sheets, table tent awards, and myth and fact quiz.