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Online Professional Learning and
Technical Assistance for
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Family Engagement

Introduction to Family Engagement

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Upon completion, you will receive a Basic Level certificate of completion.

Explore the history, benefits and importance of family engagement in 21st CCLC programs. Learn about nine steps you can take to ensure a successful family engagement program.

Implementation Strategies

Estimated time to complete: 5-7 hours

Upon completion, you will receive an Advanced Level certificate of completion.

Go step-by-step through planning and implementing a family engagement plan that aligns with your program's goals and families' needs. Get tips, tools and examples to help you overcome common challenges.

  • Assess program families’ needs.
  • Design and facilitate intentional activities that align with families’ needs.
  • Conduct family outreach and recruitment.
  • Recruit high-quality staff and partners for family engagement.

Coaching My Staff

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Upon completion, you will receive a Leadership Level certificate of completion. 

Integrate professional development on how to engage families into your staff learning events. Use tips and tools to create a program culture that helps you get to know the families of the students you serve.

  • Identify reasons to implement a professional learning plan.
  • Create a family engagement professional learning plan for your staff.
  • Apply tips for providing high-quality professional learning.
  • Start implementing family engagement activities in your program.


Find ready-to-use, customizable tools that can help you in your efforts to engage families.


My Notebook

Family Engagement

The Notebook is a useful way to jot down notes as you go through the various topics available on the You For Youth website. If you'd like to use the notebook, please sign in if you already have an account or register now to join the Y4Y community!


Family Engagement