Welcoming Schools knows that providing resources to parents and caregivers helps create an affirming and welcoming school. Do you need help working with your school to support your non-binary child? Does your child have a friend who has two dads? Do you want to read some books with your child that have LGBTQ or transgender characters?

Welcoming Schools provides families with the tools they need to embrace teachable moments and to be prepared to answer important questions about LGBTQ and gender topics at home with their children and within their school community.

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Celebrating Inclusive Mother’s Day & Father’s Day

As we celebrate and honor caregivers in schools, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be opportunities to recognize the diversity of family structures.

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Responding to Questions, Family, LGBTQ+, Parents/Caregivers

"Yes, They Are a Family!"

Children ask questions to understand the world around them. Be prepared with these sample responses about family.

Parents/Caregivers, Gender, Secondary, Laws and Policies

A Parent’s Quick Guide for In-School Transitions

Parents and caregivers may find themselves, depending on circumstances, having to play a more active role in “educating the educators” as to what the school needs to do to support…

LGBTQ+ Definitions, LGBTQ+, Gender

Defining LGBTQ+ Words for Elementary School Students

When children ask questions about LGBTQ+ words, it is often best to offer simple and direct answers. You might choose to answer a student’s question with another question to figure…

Books, Parents/Caregivers

Educators & Caregivers Booklists

LGBTQ+ Topics in Schools
The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion: A Practical Resource for K-12 Teachers, Administrators, and School Support Staff. Kryss Shane. 2020.
Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in…

Family, Parents/Caregivers

Family Education and Community Building

The involvement and understanding of the parents and guardians in the school community is critical to creating a welcoming school for all children. Family programs are also a great way…

Gender, Parents/Caregivers, LGBTQ+

Gender and Children: A Place to Begin

Creating schools that nurture academic achievement, provide physical and emotional safety and welcome all students are common goals for all educators. In order for students to feel supported and empowered…