Hartford Public Schools recognizes parents and families as key-players in their children’s education. We are here to help you get involved in the following ways:

Learn about school policies.

We also provide training and technical assistance to schools in developing family engagement opportunities.  For more information call 860-695-8400.

Learn about participating in your child’s school as a member of the School Governance Council, the Parent-Teacher Organization ,or as a Volunteer.  Explore the tabs below to learn more, and just click on the links below or the buttons to the right if you’re ready to join!

Prepare for parent/teacher conferences and orientation meetings: Parent-Teacher Conference Checklist

Join your school’s School Governance Council (SGC!)

Join your child’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO!)

Become an HPS Volunteer TODAY!


Each Hartford Public Schools in our district has its own school Governance Council to help support its specific area of focus. Within each SGC, half of the membership is made up of parents of students at the school, with the other members coming from the school (including students), community and/or other partners.

By becoming an SGC member – parent, teacher, administrator or community representative – you have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in supporting the mission and vision for all students and all schools within the district.
If you are interested in joining a school’s SGC contact the school principal directly. The Office of Outreach, Engagement and Partnerships facilitates training of the SGC members.

SGC Resource Guide 2022-2023  [en español]


2022 – 2023 SGC District-wide Meeting Schedule

Trainings! Save the dates! 

Family Learning Conference “Bring Your Voice” 9/17/2022
SGC Roles and Responsibilities/Principal Hiring 9/22/2022
SGC Budget Forum  11/10/2022
SGC Principal Hiring Process  1/19/2023
SGC and PTO Leadership Training 4/20/2023
SGC Showcase

You can find your school’s 2022-2023 School Governance Council Chair here.

Join your child’s School Governance Council!

Hartford School Governance Council Training 2021

For any question please email us at outreach@hartfordschools.org

SGC Training Sessions Meeting Notes & Video Library


January 19, 2023 – SGC Training: Principal Hiring Process

SGC training deck


Click here to read the SGC training script.


November 10, 2022 – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
SY 2023-2024 Budget Forum for all HPS School Governance Council Members, Families & Community

Watch the video below and explore our presentations in English and Spanish. below.

Budget Forum Presentation 11-10-22 ENGLISH

Budget Forum Presentation 11-10-22 SPANISH

9/22/2022 TRAINING:  SGC Roles and Responsibilities 2022-2023

¡Mira el video con audio en español!  |  Watch the video with audio in Spanish!  |  

5/5/2022 TRAINING:  Family Engagement: Building Relationships, with Michael Herring Part II

4/7/2022 TRAINING:  Family Engagement: Building Relationships, with Michael Herring


9/16/21:  2021-2022 SY SGC Kick-off Meeting Notes

SGC Roles and Responsibilities - ENGLISH