Family and Community Engagement

Family and community engagement in physical activity means that parents, school staff, out-of-school time providers, and community members are working together to increase opportunities for physical activity before, during, and after the school day to improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents.1–5 School physical activity programs are more successful when family and community members are involved.

Family and community engagement benefits students by1:

  • Improving grades and test scores.
  • Encouraging better student behavior.
  • Enhancing social skills.
  • Increasing physical activity.
Family and Community Engagement Data and Policy

Involve Families in Physical Activity in Schools [PDF – 281 KB]—This data brief defines family engagement in physical activity, provides a snapshot of current family engagement practices to support physical activity in the United States, and highlights ways to improve family engagement in physical activity through national guidance and practical strategies and resources.

Supporting Family and Community Engagement in Physical Activity

CDC developed the following documents:

Parents for Healthy Schools: A Guide For Getting Parents Involved From K-12 Cover
Parent Engagement: Strategies For Involving Parents in School Health Cover
CDC’s Promoting Parent Engagement in School Health: A Facilitator’s Guide for Staff Development Cover