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    Let's Try: Shadowing

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Some schools use this shadowing strategy regularly as part of their ongoing program evaluation. By having family members first experience and then share the information with other families and discuss “what it’s like to be a student here”, family concerns and satisfactions can be gathered and shared with school personnel.

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    Lets Try: Community Options

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    This idea comes in two parts: (1) create a Community Assets Map, and (2) begin to schedule school meetings and events in community locations.

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    Lets Try: A Family Room

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Schools need to welcome families, and many schools are not very welcoming. One way is to create a space in the school where family members can come to meet and talk with other families, teachers, and other community members and professionals

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    Lets Try: Conversation Cards

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Conversation cards provide family members with information about the classroom schedule, the organization of the room, and common activities so they can ask more directed questions. This strategy works really well in elementary and sometimes middle schools to give families a way to hold a richer conversation with their children about the day’s events.

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    Lets Try: Family Connections Newsletter

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools use newsletters, consider adding the following sections or columns that focus on “Family Connections.” Report summaries of what you learn from parents. Offer descriptions and explanations of school initiatives and policies. Suggest things families can do together at home that will reinforce student learning.

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    Lets Try: Family Fad Classes

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools have special classes or times during the year when teachers get to offer a class or a series of classes on favorite topics like gardening, dancing, stargazing, photography, or knitting, to name a few. Encourage family members to offer Family Fad Classes on topics they treasure and enjoy. The list could be endless and tailored to every age level. The classes could be a single session or a series.

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    Lets Try: Homework Alternatives

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    An alternative to homework would be integrating learning that will reinforce (but maybe not exactly imitate) what’s being learned at school. By integrating home learning into activities that families already routinely do, family have more opportunities to reinforce school learning than they might achieve through homework.

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    Lets Try: “Friday” Folders

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Good communication between teachers and families can help build school community and foster successful school experiences for kids. One way to achieve good communication is to establish a consistent system for sharing information. A weekly “Friday” folder, provided to each student by his or her teacher, creates an arena for schools and families to share information, successes, questions, and suggestions.

  • Linking Home-Based Child Care and State-Funded Preschool: The Community Connections Preschool Program (Illinois Action for Children). Evaluation Phase 1– Implementation Study.

    1/1/11 - Forry, N., Anderson, R., Banghart, P., Zaslow, M., Kreader, J.L., & Chrisler, A.

    The Community Connections preschool program (herein referred to as Community Connections) was developed to help prepare children in home-based child care for success in school and in life. It has three goals: (1) to make state prekindergarten classroom experiences available to children in home-based care, (2) to extend classroom learning experiences in the home-based care setting, and (3) to support infant and toddler development in participating providers’ homes.

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    Obama Lauds Pledges to Expand College Opportunities

    1/16/14 - Calmes, Jackie

    Mobilized by the Obama administration, and egged on by both the president and the first lady, scores of college presidents along with corporate and nonprofit leaders on Thursday promised initiatives and grants toward enrolling and graduating more low-income minority students.

  • Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers

    9/1/13 - Smith, Sheila; Robbins, Taylor; Stagman, Shannone; Mathur; Disha

    Parent engagement in children's education is increasingly viewed as an essential support to children's learning in early care and education programs and throughout the school years.

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    Parental Incarceration, Child Homelessness, and the Invisible Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

    1/9/09 - Christopher Wildeman

    "Although the share of the homeless population composed of African Americans and children has grown since at least the early 1980s, the causes of these changes remain poorly understood. This article implicates mass imprisonment in at least the second of these shifts by considering the effects of parental incarceration on child homelessness using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. These are the only data that simultaneously represent a contemporary cohort of the urban...

  • Physical Activity, Obesity, and the Academic Achievement Gap in Minority Children

    1/1/08 - Johnson, Ingrid L.

    A review of recent studies on obesity, academic achievement, and physical activity is provided. The studies revealed that many children, especially from minority populations, do not engage in the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, which conceivably contributes to overweight and obesity, especially in minority children to whom the No Child Left Behind Act is primarily directed; there is a significant and positive link between physical activity and weight control; and there...

  • Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare: Evolving Perspectives on Residential Placement

    3/1/13 - The Annie C. Casey Foundation
  • School Connections: U. S. Mexican Youth, Peers, and School Achievement

    1/1/04 - Gibson, Margaret A., et al
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    Strengthening families and communitites

    1/30/10 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

    "The Resource Guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to strengthen communities and support parents, caregivers, and their children. However, others such as policymakers, parent educators, family support workers, health care providers, program administrators, teachers, child care providers, mentors, and clergy, also will find the resources useful."

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