Increasing Parent & Family Engagement in After-School
Involving parents, family members, and guardians in children's school lives is critical to their success in school. Engaging parents increases students' success in the day school, provides parents and family members with needed programs and services, as well as a connection to their children's lives and schools.
After-school programs are able to attract parents that may feel alienated from the day school or who do not have the time during the regular school day hours. The sense of community and inclusion that an after-school program creates is what makes parents and families feel welcomed. Parents can help after-school programs to better serve their students through volunteering, advising, and other program enrichment activities that parents provide.
Thanks to a grant from The New York Times Foundation, TASC examined how sites can successfully engage parents in after-school programs. This guide explains why engaging parents is important, provides tips and outreach materials on effective ways to involve parents, and illustrates through fifteen examples the ways in which site coordinators and staff are successfully engaging and supporting parents at their after-school programs.