Family Liaison

Family liaisons serve as a link between families and schools

Family Liaison

When families are engaged in their child’s education, the children:

  • Achieve higher grades
  • Attend school regularly
  • Display better social skills
  • Graduate and pursue post-secondary learning

Children from diverse cultural backgrounds tend to do better when parents and professionals collaborate to bridge the gap between the culture at home and the culture at school. Family liaisons help build that bridge. The family liaison connects families to the resources and services they need to thrive.

Who are Family Liaisons?

Family liaisons are school staff members who work anywhere from 4 hours a week to 40 hours a week. They are knowledgeable about district wide programs, services, resources and community resources. All family liaisons speak English and often speak an additional language. They represent many cultures and ethnicities. Family liaisons support all families and school staff by helping:

  • Facilitate communication
  • Build relationships
  • Make families feel welcome, trusted and valued
  • Provide FCPS and human service’s resources and information
  • Encourage parent engagement in their children’s education
  • Connect parents to what their children are learning
  • Promote understanding of families’ cultural diversity
  • Arrange for interpreters


Helpful Resources for Families:

Family Resource Center offers a wide range of resources for families to help support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Resources include:

Helping Children Learn Newsletter (available in English and Spanish)

Parent Advocacy Handbook: Elementary School (Grades K-6)

Parent Information Phone Lines (available in eight languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese)

Quick Tips Parents Library (series of quick tips from The Parent Institute on a variety of topics – available in English and Spanish)

School Success Ideas for Families (English)/Ideas para el éxito escolar (Spanish)

Screen Activity Reports (weekly report of a student’s internet activity on a FCPS device)

Technology Support (answers to many questions about student technology and basic troubleshooting)

Online Tutoring Services (available to all FCPS students at no cost as a resource for support and enrichment)




Additional Resources for Families

FCPS offers programs, services, and resources that engage families, schools and the community in support of student success. Find out more about programs and supports offered in FCPS to build stronger family-school partnerships and better engage families.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO)

ECHO is a community-based organization that provides assistance to Greater Springfield/Burke area residents within the boundaries established by Fairfax County including zip codes: 22151, 22152, 22153, and 22015, and some addresses in 22150 and 22312.