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Working With Families in Rural Areas — Understand Needs

Many rural programs have the advantage of a close-knit community, where some parents may have existing relationships with school-day and afterschool staff on multiple levels. However, rural programs may also face these challenges:

  • Geographic isolation
  • Rising poverty rates
  • Transportation
  • Limited communication tools

Connect With a Colleague

During a staff meeting, discuss your family engagement challenges and the strategies you have developed to address them. You may want to consider how, despite the challenges, rural or isolated communities enjoy advantages that programs can build on. For instance, schools are often major centers of community life. School staff are likely to have overlapping relationships with families. What are advantages to serving rural communities?

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Family Engagement

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Family Engagement