State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.
Iowa Code 256.9 Duties of director.
Except for the college student aid commission, the commission of libraries and division of library services, and the public broadcasting board and division, the director shall:
a. Develop Standard and instructional materials to do all of the following:
(1) Assist school districts in developing appropriate before and after school programs for elementary school children.
(2) Assist school districts in the development of child care services and programs to complement half-day and all-day kindergarten programs.
(3) Assist school districts in the development of appropriate curricula for all-day, everyday kindergarten programs.
(4) Assist school districts in the development of appropriate curricula for the early elementary grades one through three.
(5) Assist prekindergarten instructors in the development of appropriate curricula and teaching practices.
b. Standard and materials developed shall include materials which employ developmentally appropriate practices and incorporate substantial parental involvement. The materials and Standard shall include alternative teaching approaches including collaborative teaching and alternative dispute resolution training. The department shall consult with the child development coordinating council, the state child care advisory committee established pursuant to section 135.173A, the department of human services, the state board of regents center for early developmental education, the area education agencies, the department of human development and family studies in the college of human sciences at Iowa state university of science and technology, the early childhood elementary division of the college of education at the university of Iowa, and the college of education at the university of northern Iowa, in developing these Standard and materials.
c. For purposes of this section “substantial parental involvement” means the physical presence of parents in the classroom, learning experiences designed to enhance the skills of parents in parenting and in providing for their children’s learning and development, or educational materials which may be borrowed for home use.