Promising Practices for Family Engagement in Out-of-School Time

Edited by:
Holly Kreider, The Heising-Simons Foundation
Helen Westmoreland, The Flamboyan Foundation

A volume in the series: Family School Community Partnership Issues. Editor(s): Diana Hiatt-Michael, Pepperdine University.

Published 2011

This concise monograph addresses the expanding field of family involvement to out of school time (OST). OST may be defined as time outside of state required time limits for compulsory school attendance but time in which students are engaged in planned academic or enrichment activities. During the past decade, OST programs have burgeoned across the United States. OST programs are offered to children and youth, elementary through high school, as structured and safe venues to increase student academic achievement, and extend students’ interests.

Chapter authors share promising practices from a range of backgrounds, including nonprofit organizations, faith-based, health, and governmental agencies as well as university-school connections. Contents describe the benefits and concerns of parent engagement in OST, such as student outcomes of parent engagement in OST, how parents select appropriate programs, ways to connect with parents to assure regular attendance of youth, methods to solicit families to participate in OST activities, and evaluation measures.

Foreward. Acknowledgements. SECTION I: CONCEPTUALIZING FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME (OST). Engaging Families in Out-of-School-Time Programs, Suzanne M. Bouffard, Kelly L. O’Connell, Helen Westmoreland, and Priscilla M. Little. A Typology of Family Engagement in Youth Development Settings, Holly Kreider and Shayna Cunningham. Developmental Assets as a Framework for Engaging Families in Out-of-School Time, Andrew Schneider-Muñoz. SECTION II: FAMILIES’ SELECTION OF AND ADVOCACY THROUGH OST PROGRAMS. The Role of Parents in Students’ Structured and Unstructured Out-of-School-Time Activities, Amanda Sommerfeld. Faith-Based Out-of-School-time Opportunities: Impacts of Faith-Based Initiatives on Children and Families, S. Russell Vaden. Empowering Families to Guide and Advocate for Their Child’s Education: Lessons From the Higher Achievement Program, Richard A. Tagle. SECTION III: USING OST TO HELP FAMILIES SUPPORT CHILDREN’S LEARNING PROCESS. Engaging Families in Student Homework: Action Steps for Educators, Frances L. Van Voorhis. Promoting Language and Literacy Outcomes Through Shared Reading at Home, Holly Kreider, Georganne Morin, Gabrielle E. Miller, and Angie Bush. SECTION IV: REACHING FAMILIES THROUGH NONTRADITIONAL OST SETTINGS AND PARTNERSHIPS. Family Engagement in Health Clinics, Kathryn Nakagawa, Martha Cocchiarella, Emily Earl, Stacy Moreno, and Rebecca Birr. It Takes a Village: Community Schools and Family Engagement, Michael P. Evans and Darlene Kamine. Developing University and Community Partnerships That Support Family Engagement in Out-of-School Time Settings, Barbara C. Jentleson. List of Contributors.