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Family Engagement in Afterschool

Effective family engagement is grounded in partnerships and shared responsibility. Out-of-School Time (OST) programs (including before & after school, summer, and programming offered when school is not in session) can be a key partner to support schools in boosting student achievement, building a positive school culture, and providing young people with a stronger sense of community.

Dr. Joyce Epstein of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University has developed a framework for defining six types of parent involvement to assist educators in developing effective family engagement. The North Dakota Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs include indicators throughout all for domains (Health & Safety, Relationships & Interactions, Youth-Centered Program Design, and Leadership & Management) supporting high-quality family engagement practices.

Summer 2023 Pilot Opportunity

OST Programs can receive no cost digital curriculum supporting literacy and family engagement.

ND Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs

Each of the 4 Quality Domains include indicators to support family engagement in OST.

Epstein’s Six Types of Parent Involvement