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Building Blocks of Family Engagement

There are useful steps you can take to create a 21st CCLC program where family members are highly involved, and in multiple ways.


Key building blocks to creating a high level of family engagement include 

  • Building relationships with families
  • Communicating with families
  • Creating a welcoming environment
  • Understanding the cultures of the families you serve

Use these building blocks to shape an out-of-school time program where parents and caregivers know that they are welcomed and that you want to understand their concerns.

Learn what the research tells us about family engagement and different types of activities for families by reviewing the Family Engagement Research Brief.

My Notebook

Family Engagement

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Family Engagement