State law requires districts to implement parent education or support programs to address family needs.
Delaware Code 14-122. Rules and regulations [Effective until Aug. 1 2019]
(a) The Department shall adopt rules and regulations, consistent with the laws of this State, for the maintenance, administration and supervision throughout the State of a general and efficient system of free public schools in accordance with this title, including the rules and regulations specified in subsection (b) of this section. Such rules and regulations, when prescribed and published, shall not extend, modify or conflict with any law of this State or the reasonable implications thereof, and shall be binding throughout the State.
(b) The Department shall prescribe rules and regulations: (18) Providing for the operation of adult education and family literacy programs including, but not limited to, adult basic education, literacy education, adult high school, prison education, apprenticeship programs and family literacy. Rules and regulations on this subject shall be proposed by the Secretary subject to approval by the State Board of Education.
Delaware Code 14-157. Parental involvement in education, expectations of parents, expectations of schools and school personnel.
(b) Among the most important elements of effective parental and family involvement in education are: communication—regular, 2-way, meaningful communications between parents and schools; effective parenting skills—the exercise by parents of good parenting skills for the benefit of their children and the fostering of such skills by public schools; parental involvement in student learning—parents play an integral role in student learning and emphasize the importance of education, and schools assist parents in these endeavors; volunteerism—parents are welcomed by schools, and commit themselves to providing support to their children’s schools as volunteers; school based decisionmaking—parents involve themselves in the educational decisionmaking process at the school and district level and are welcomed in that role by schools; collaboration with the community—parents and schools work together to strengthen the connection between families, schools and community resources such as nonprofit organizations, business and religious institutions.
Delaware Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan
In the ESSA state plan, the Delaware Department of Education encourages applicants for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding to include opportunities for family engagement, including family member and caregiver literacy programs. Applicants for Title I, Part D funding must support a return to an LEA or other educational program by including transition support services such as a student and adult transition mentor and individual and family counseling.