21st Century Community Learning Centers

Improving the outcomes of students in Oregon's 21st CCLC programs

Topic Areas > Family Engagement

Family Engagement refers to the purposeful partnership between 21st Century Community Learning Center programs and the families they serve. Encouraging family opportunities and involvement in 21st CCLC activities, supporting parenting efforts, and providing unique ways to enhance family literacy are some of the important aspect of Family Engagement.

Family Engagement and 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Engaging families in program activities is an essential element of 21st CCLC goals. Communicating with families, honoring families' cultures, and inviting families to contribute to and participate in programs can be done in a variety of ways.

21st CCLC: Engaging Families - Supporting Student Success

Brochure information from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs. This resource for 21st Century Community Learning Centers addresses proven priorities and strategies with regional contact information. 

Out-of-School Time Publications & Resources

Articles from the Harvard Family Research Project specific to engaging families in out of school time programs including:

Family Engagement Resource Providers Webinars
Family Engagement

This website for The Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project: Expanding minds and opportunities contains wonderful articles on information on how to engage families in 21st CCLC programs.

Five Resources for Family Engagement: Helping Families Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer is a perfect time for students of all ages, races/ethnicities, nationalities, and socio-economic levels to strengthen and reinforce their academic skills and still have ample time for summer activities. Your are in a key position to inform your parents about the dangers of summer learning loss and to share fun and interactive activities that their children can do at home and in their communities which will help to prevent summer learning loss. These five free resources will provide you with tools to to collaborate and share resources with families in your programs.

Five Resources for Family Engagement
The Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project Resources
Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children's Learning

Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children’s Learning from the Harvard Family Research Project. Article explores the ways that families and expanded learning opportunities must work as equal partners in order to ensure children's learning in meaningful ways.

Afterschool programs that support homeless youth

Afterschool programs that support homeless youth: igniting hope and opportunities in the
midst of trauma, uncertainty, and displacement, Journal of Children and Poverty, 22:1, 57-66,

Five Resources for Family Engagement
You for Youth Trainings to Go

Trainings to Go are hour-long training plans that include a PowerPoint, handouts, and training guides. Click the trainings to get tips on how to customize professional development plans to fit different staff needs, training time frames, and training goals.

Family Engagement
Improve communication with families and create a program environment that welcomes and seeks out family involvement.

Cultural Competence
Help staff recognize their own "cultural lenses" and/or biases and learn how to be respectful of families and children whatever their background.

Engaging ELL Families: 20 Strategies for School Leaders


Engaging ELL Families: 20 Strategies for School Leaders from AdLit.org.

Outlines steps leading to parent participation, leadership and community partnerships.

Beyond the Bell: Chapter 3

Chapter 3 in Beyond the bell: A toolkit for creating effective afterschool and expanded learning programs.

Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities

A series of webinars by the You for Youth (Y4Y) Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21st CCLCs at the U.S. Department of Education. Among the  high quality webinars to choose from on this page are:

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