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Reasons Why Families Don’t Connect

It's hard to get students' parents, much less their families, involved in 21st CCLC activities. The program sends information home with students, but parents and caregivers don't respond. Parents may only come to pick up their students from the program, but they don't enter the building. If they do come in, they don't say much. The 21st CCLC program staff are not babysitters. How do we get parents and families to value this? Yo no hablo ingles. ¿Como van a entender lo que yo quiero decir de mi hijo? The staff in the program know what they're doing. That's their job. What do I know? I hated school then and I still don't like it. How do they know what's best for my child? Families are afraid to be involved because they are undocumented.

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