Quality Element 9: Family & Community Partnerships

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A quality program builds meaningful relationships and collaborates with families and caregivers to enhance programming and foster the healthy development of youth.  A quality program develops community partnerships to establish an educative community and form an interconnected network that supports the holistic well-being of youth.

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Featured Resource

Engaging Families in Afterschool – Webinar

This webinar will walk you through best practices of engaging families in your program and give you tips on how to start today.

 

 

Research & Best Practices

Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool – Wallace Foundation

Engaging with Families in Out-of-School Time Learning – Harvard Family Research Project

Strengtening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Programs

– Wallace Foundation

Strengtening Partnerships Research Brief – You for Youth

Growing Together, Learning Together: What Cities Have Discovered About Building Afterschool Systems – Wallace Foundation

Financial Strategies to Support Citywide Systems of Out-of-School Time Programs – Wallace Foundation

Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide and Case Studies for Afterschool Leaders – Wallace Foundation

Growing  Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong  Learners – Institute of Museum and Library Services

Focus on Families: How to Build and Support Family-Centered Practices in After School – Harvard Family Research Project

Increasing Family and Parent Engagement in After-School (Publication) – The After-School Corporation (TASC)

Engaging Library Partners in 4H Programming – Afterschool Matters

Afterschool Toolkit: Community to Business – Corporate Voices for Working Families

Afterschool Training Toolkit: Involving Day Schools, Families, and Communities – National Center on Quality Afterschool

Expanding Afterschool Opportunities: Action Kit for Municipal Leaders – National League of Cities

Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Programs: Strategy Guide – National League of Cities

Creating a Vision for Afterschool Partnerships – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

United Way Out-of-School Time Toolkit: Engage Stakeholders

Putting it All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving Preteens  Public/Private Ventures

Out-of-School Time: Leveraging Higher Education for Quality– Foundations, Inc.

Creating Change: How organizations connect with youth, build communities, and strengthen themselves – Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

Connecting with Community Partners – Click2Science


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