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Family Engagement

We know that greater parental involvement in a student’s life promotes greater student success. But parents and guardians often face their own obstacles. Language barriers, busy work schedules, and other family obligations can keep caregivers from getting involved in their child’s student life. Communities In Schools see family engagement as a crucial element to our success, and work to remove barriers that prevent caregivers from staying central in their child’s education. We’ve offered parenting classes, sponsored family nights and created parent support groups to help parents stay involved. Our site coordinators check in with families often, and connect them with counselors, social workers and other school and community resources as needed. Most important, we ensure that home is a healthy nurturing environment where students always feel safe.

Blog Posts

More Schools Open Their Doors to the Whole Community

Aug. 13, 2014 Wall Street Journal

With backing at local, state and federal levels, the "community schools model", a decades-old idea for improving schools and neighborhoods, is gaining ground. The largest coordinator of such programs, Communities in Schools, saw a 6% increase in its reach in the 2012-13 school year, covering schools with a total of more than 1.3 million students in 26 states.

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