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Family Participation in Afterschool Programs

Institute for Responsive Education

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Advancing Afterschool
  • Grant Amount $75,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–December 31, 2004
  • Location Cambridge, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Afterschool programs have proven to be a critical part of children’s learning experiences. Research also shows the importance of family participation in supporting academic achievement. However, to best help children meet their full potential, parents must be involved in their children’s learning both during and after school.Funding will support research to identify and assemble data on afterschool programs that currently include family engagement components. The project will focus on programs that serve primarily low-income communities of color in both urban and rural areas. Funding includes a grant increase to support on-site interviews and observations with parents, students, program administrators, teachers, and school and organization administrators in 10 21st Century Community Learning Centers.The Institute for Responsive Education, established in 1973, works with schools and community groups to promote family and community involvement in education with special emphasis on issues of educational equity.