Family Engagement & Early Literacy

Family Engagement

Joliet Public Schools District 86 is where we make the Home & School Connection!


Joliet Public Schools District 86 is committed to transitioning from family involvement to family engagement. Joliet Public Schools District 86 utilizes the Illinois State Board of Education Framework for Parental Engagement.

Why:  Family Engagement activities are designed to help provide partnerships that encourages families to be actively engaged.  The Illinois State Board of Education Framework recommends the following four research-based principles to encourage more systemic, sustained, and integrated engagement:

  1. Develop systems that support family engagement.
  2. Build welcoming and supportive environments.
  3. Enhance communication with parents.
  4. Include parents in decision making.

Welcome to District 86 Family Engagement, we make the Home and School Connection!


Digital Resources for Parents and Guardians

The educational resources listed below are provided as reference to the parents and guardians of Joliet Public Schools District 86.  Click here for additional digital student resources.

English Language Arts


Physical Education


Early Literacy


District Goal

Early Literacy - All Joliet Public Schools District 86 primary students will be provided with the instruction and support needed to achieve academic success of at least 90% mastery of grade level targets.

Last year we provided three family engagement (hands-on) sessions focusing on Fundations, retelling activities, and strategies that were taught throughout the school day.  The family engagement sessions were offered to parents at Keith and Marshall Elementary Schools.  We look forward to extending family engagement sessions.

Community Partnerships - Reading Rooms

In August 2018, Joliet Public Schools District 86 was awarded a Healthy Communities grant and has been able to provide the following early learning sites with community libraries and flexible seating. 

Community Partnerships - Reading Rooms

Forest Park Community Center



Spanish Center



Catholic Charities

Alexandria Center


Broadway Center

Felman Center



St. John's


Rockdale Early Learning Classroom




Early Literacy Site Visits

Joliet Public Schools District 86 has shared the great work we are doing in the area of Early Literacy through visits to thirty local Early Childhood Centers. The District has provided these locations with similar activities and strategies that we use daily within our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.  It is important to continue to strengthen the school and home connection.

We are being responsive to our students' academic needs entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  Our students come to us with a variety of learning abilities.  We value the Early Learning Centers in our community, and their collaboration will help to highlight the importance of our partnership to increase Early Literacy in Joliet Public Schools District 86.


Early Literacy Sites

ABC All About Children

Alexandria Center

All Nation Church

Anointed Child Care Academy

Direct Thy Path

Easter Seals

Felman Center

Forest Park Community Center

Grace Childcare Center

Hartman Recreation Center

JJC Early Childhood Center

Joliet Park District

Joliet Township Steel Tots

KinderCare Learning Center

Mt. Zion

One Hope United

Our Savior


Rockdale District 84

Salvation Army

Second Baptist

Spanish Center

St. John's

Tiger Tots

Tiny Tots Day Care


Warren Sharpe