Where and how can families fit into your program?
Family engagement should be more than a once-a-year open house or having families stop in and chat every time they pick up their child. Program expectations for family engagement should focus more on quality interactions rather than quantity and on finding ways to involve families that fit their schedules, strengths and comfort levels. Ideas to consider:
- Go off site! If families can't make it to you, go visit them at places of worship, popular meeting places and their homes.
- Have families help you decide on, organize and carry out parenting workshops, special events and efforts to improve the program.
- Create a space at your site for families to network, talk to staff members and connect with community resources.
What extended programming can you offer families?
Consider offering skill-building classes of interest to families.
How can you tap into community partners to help involve families?
Partner to offer more types of family programming in areas where your partners have experience or during times outside of your program.
- 2Key Terms
- 3Family Engagement Diagram
- 4Why Is It Important?
- 5Great Benefits, Low Turnout
- 6Reasons Why Families Don't Connect
- 7Overcome Challenges
- 8Back to Basics
- 9Assess Your Family Engagement
- 10Plot Your Challenges
- 11Building Blocks of Family Engagement
- 12Build Relationships
- 13Communicate With Families
- 14Know Your Families
- 15Do's and Don'ts for a Welcoming Environment
- 16Understand the Cultures You Serve
- 17Be Open to Different Types of Engagement Activities
- 18Meet Family Needs
- 19Getting Input From Families
- 20Expand Services to Engage Families
- 21Four Key Types of Engagement
- 22Adult Development Activities
- 23Spotlight Topic: Drug and Alcohol Prevention
- 24Shared Activities for Students and Families
- 25Governance and Leadership Opportunities
- 26School and Community — Linking Activities
- 27Support Families
- 28Benefits of Family Engagement
- 29Working With Families in Rural Areas — Understand Needs
- 30Working With Families in Rural Areas — Strategies
- 31Working With Culturally Diverse Families — Understand Needs
- 32Working With Culturally Diverse Families — Strategies
- 33Working With Nontraditional Families — Understand Needs
- 34Working With Nontraditional Families — Strategies
- 35Special Challenges: Families Facing Drug and Alcohol Problems
- 36Keep It Going
- 37Learn More Library
- 40Check for Understanding
- 1Implementing Family Engagement
- 2Know Families and Their Cultures
- 3Know Families and Their Cultures — Coaching Moment
- 4Understand Challenges to Family Engagement
- 5Understand Challenges to Family Engagement — Coaching Moment
- 6Engage Families
- 7Create a Welcoming Environment
- 8Support Families
- 9Support Families — Coaching Moment
- 10Pull It Together
- 11Additional Resources