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Back to Basics

Below are basic principles of family engagement that apply to all 21st CCLC programs. Understanding these principles will move you one step closer to engaging families and supporting  the success of your program and students.

  • Families come in all shapes and sizes. A student’s family could include: mom, dad, stepparent, foster parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or older siblings.
  • All successful family engagement efforts start by understanding what families need and appreciating their perspective.
  • Saying “please get involved” may not be enough; be specific. “What days and times are best for you to attend events?” “We need two family members to staff the refreshment table at the spring play from 4 to 6 p.m.” "We are forming an advisory board for our program that meets once a month. We have three open spots for family members."
  • All families care about their children and want them to succeed.
  • It takes a village to raise a child. Look for community resources to address student and family needs.

Tip: Check out the Family Engagement Implementation Planner in Tools for more information on how to engage families.

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Family Engagement