Family & Educator Partnerships

Stand for Children focuses on ensuring all students receive a high-quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability. We do this by partnering with parents to support their children’s education journey and become strong advocates. Stand also partners directly with educators and schools by providing unique programming to support student and teacher wellness and to help educators better engage with families to improve student learning outcomes.

This holistic approach to family and educator partnerships shines through in Stand’s individual programs. Connection Conversations provide educators and parents the platform to build trusting relationships through voluntary virtual home visits, supported by educator training and collaboration. Even when they cannot meet face-to-face, these connections help strengthen the bond between families and educators and tap into the superpower that comes through building trusting relationships.

Stand as One is focused on resilience and capacity-building for parents, educators, and community members. The program originated on the South Side of Chicago, and its progression is a testament to the power of community organizing.

Finally, Teach Kindness, a suite of best-in-class social-emotional learning activities and classroom content, makes schools in Illinois and across the country safer and more supportive for all children. By teaching kids to practice kindness, they become more aware of their emotions, words, and actions, and they become better equipped to navigate their classrooms, schools, and communities.

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