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How to Build and Support Family-Centered Practices in Afterschool

Researchers explore how increased family involvement in afterschool programs can enhance the programs and benefit children and their families.
February 2006
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  • Author(s)
  • Zenub Kakli, Holly Kreider, Priscilla Little, Tania Buck, and Maryellen Coffey
  • Publisher(s)
  • Harvard Family Research Project and United Way of Massachusetts Bay
Page Count 51 pages


This Wallace-funded report finds that only a quarter of surveyed after-school programs effectively involve parents, although the benefits of such involvement are widely known. The researchers offer guidance for – and case studies about – how to give families a more significant role in children’s out-of-school learning.

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