Overview

Afterschool and summer learning programs help children to succeed in school, make good choices, and explore their interests.

These programs provide critical opportunities to extend educational enrichment and invite family engagement.

Global Family Research Project

● Identifies family engagement strategies and innovative partnerships between schools and other youth-serving organizations as ways to enrich children’s and teens’ learning opportunities in their communities.

● Provides evaluation guidance and technical assistance on how afterschool and summer programs can better serve communities.

● Documents and communicates the contributions of federal investments, such as the 21st-Century Community Learning Centers program, to support working families and also connect parents to the community resources they need.

Featured Resources

Remake Learning: A Catalyst for Family Engagement
Dec 6
Blog

Family Engagement Afterschool

Remake Learning: A Catalyst for Family Engagement

This post by Gregg Behr, co-chair of Remake Learning and executive director of the Grable Foundation, highlights parent engagement as a catalyst for development.

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Arms of different people holding up light bulbs, like ideas
Feb 15
Blog

Afterschool Libraries Policy

Leadership for Our Children

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, we highlight the ways leaders raise up, reach out, reimagine, relate, and reinforce when engaging with families.

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Members of the 2015-16 Cambridge Youth Council sitting at the mayor's desk.
Aug 1
Blog

Schools Afterschool

Youth Taking Leading Roles: Defining and Improving Family Engagement

In this post, Heather Weiss and Linda Jacobson capture the ways that schools and community organizations involve children and youth in improving family engagement.

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Older children in library with teacher
Nov 14
Blog

Family Engagement Afterschool

Learning Pathways: Leading Our Children to Success in School and Life

Heather Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Margaret Caspe highlight how communities are shaping learning anywhere, anytime for children and youth.

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