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

New Study Confirms Benefits of Connecting Parents with Each Other to Build Social Capital
Feb 25
Blog

Afterschool Family Engagement Research

New Study Confirms Benefits of Connecting Parents with Each Other to Build Social Capital

Structured, school-based events improve parent network quality and could be especially helpful for Latinx families.

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Science Museum Adapts Model to Bring Joy Through STEM to Families Hit Hard by COVID-19
Oct 19
Blog

Afterschool Family Engagement Schools Capacity Building

Science Museum Adapts Model to Bring Joy Through STEM to Families Hit Hard by COVID-19

The New York Hall of Science’s ‘hyper-local’ approach to family engagement builds ‘parents’ agency’ to support their children’s learning in STEM.

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Family Engagement Storytelling Project Stands at the 'Intersection of Media and Educational Justice'
May 19
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Afterschool Family Engagement Digital Media Schools Capacity Building

Family Engagement Storytelling Project Stands at the 'Intersection of Media and Educational Justice'

Cambridge Agenda for Children’s Stories of Family Partnership offer a new approach to building capacity within the out-of-school-time community.

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Community Relationships to Build Family Access to STEM Learning
Jan 29
Blog

Family Engagement Afterschool

Community Relationships to Build Family Access to STEM Learning

The STAR Library Network team shares tips and ideas for using community dialogues to raise up family and community voice and build partnerships in designing STEM-related library services. 

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