Community Engagement

Parent Academy Offers New Workshops

Registration is open for the winter session of the MCPS Parent Academy that will begin on Jan. 13. Parent Academy workshops give parents useful tips and tools to support their children’s success in school. Don’t miss sessions on college and career planning, literacy, the MCPS Operating Budget, stress, recognizing child abuse and neglect, and many more topics. The workshops are free and childcare and interpretation services are provided.


MCPS Neighbor to Neighbor: Be Engaged

The MCPS Neighbor to Neighbor campaign gives members of the MCPS community the opportunity to host or participate in small group discussions on important school system topics. You are invited to host a Neighbor to Neighbor discussion on Interim Superintendent Bowers’ FY 2017 Operating Budget recommendation. Other topics will be covered in the future. Join in and have a conversation about what’s important to you!


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Child Abuse and Neglect Training Requirements for Volunteers

During the 2015–2016 school year, three categories of volunteers who have direct, unsupervised, uncontrolled access to students: volunteer coaches, overnight chaperones and volunteers for the Outdoor Environmental Education Program (OEEP), and overnight chaperones and volunteers for school-based field trips are required to participate in training for recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse and neglect prior to interacting with students. Parents/guardians and individuals, that are directly supervised by MCPS employees are not required to complete training this school year. These volunteers are invited to attend the face-to-face training or complete the online training module starting in February.



MCPS Distributes Winter Coats and Clothing Items to the Community

The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, in collaboration with Bridge to Success, distributed more than 1000 clothing items and 350 winter coats to MCPS counselors and student services personnel. The items will be given to students and families in need at various schools throughout the county.



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Upcoming Events

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What We Do

What We Do

Services for Parents

  • Parent Academy
    Sign up for free workshops on tips and tools to help your child succeed in school
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    Get information about services for at-risk children and their families

Services for Students

Services for Schools

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    Learn about efforts to address cultural and racial differences by bringing the community together



New Training and Screening Requirements for Volunteers

Volunteer Training Requirements

Interested in volunteering with MCPS?

    Volunteer to help K-2 students improve their reading and math skills
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    Volunteer at the informative, fun-filled day for parents, students and the community



Community Partnerships

Contact Us

Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships

Carver Educational Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 130
Rockville, MD 20850
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Mr. Timothy B. Warner
Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer
Phone: 301-279-3074

Mrs. Traci L. Anderson
Assistant to the Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer
Phone: 301-279-3074

Mrs. Deborah Flinchbaugh
Administrative Services Manager
Phone: 301-279-3074

OCEP Teams and Staff Contact Information

Family & Community Engagement  
Organizational Partnerships  



Find out how MCPS's engagement strategy is transforming communities, individuals and institutions.

The Challenge

To empower all students, parents and community leaders to become active in shaping the student learning experience, and to engage institutions in every sector of the community to support student learning.

How Engagement Works

Community engagement increases equity and improves public education by building capacity and power in communities. It works to address the issues that families in communities face so that students can take full advantage of their educational experience.


  • Enhancing culturally-competent, historically-aware and economically empowering family engagement at the local school level
  • Engaging institutions in every sector (private industry, non-profit, faith communities and local government) in the critical work of supporting the education of our students
  • Creating and leveraging within MCPS an organizational structure and culture that supports OCEP’s vision
  • Identifying specific culturally and historically-informed strategies to leverage community engagement to help close the achievement gap


About OCEP

The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP) helps schools engage the communities of the children and families MCPS serves to promote student learning.

About Timothy B. Warner, Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer


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