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Understand Challenges to Family Engagement

What issues and factors hinder family engagement?

While poorly attended open houses or unreturned notes can be frustrating, they should not be interpreted as a lack of concern or support for a family's child. Factors such as little or no access to transportation, working multiple jobs, or cultural or language barriers may hinder involvement. Programs need to reach out to and involve families in different ways that fit their comfort levels and schedules, and build on their strengths.

  • Take a strength-based, collaborative approach to working with families rather than focusing only on problems or working from the top down.
  • Provide multiple ways to be involved that go beyond just coming on site during program hours.
  • Don't make generalizations — deal with every family on a case-by-case basis to achieve the best results.

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Family Engagement

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Family Engagement