Demonstrating the urgent need for broad national action and collaboration between private and public leaders in our communities, The White House Council for Community Solutions released an analysis showing that in 2011 alone, taxpayers shouldered more than $93 billion to compensate for lost taxes and direct costs to support the young people disconnected from jobs and school. At least one in six young adults is disconnected from education and work, according to this report. Projections show that over the lifetime of these young people, taxpayers will assume a $1.6 trillion burden to meet the…
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This research investigated African American fathers' involvement in the school-based lives of their elementary-aged children using the Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler model of parent involvement and Epstein's framework of involvement. Questionnaires were administered to 101 African American males in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Multiple regression analyses found predictive relationships between attitudes and behaviors that influence African American fathers' decisions to be involved and the types of involvement related to the child's schooling. Results revealed significant…
The lack of research about Black fathers and their involvement with schools was the primary motivation for this mixed method dissertation study. This discourse provides a much-needed account of what the nature is of Black father's involvement with schools, why and how they do it, and how student performance is influenced by Black fathers' engagement with schools. Stakeholders in the education of youth, parents, administrators, teachers, and the community whose work is concerned with Black education may learn from the results and not repeat past errors of prevailing notions that portray Black…
This fact sheet gives tips for creating a healthy family environment for children during the school year including structured homework time, preparing for the next school day, and encouragement for school success.
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This fact sheet provides tips for parents on having successful, productive parent-teacher conferences.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet provides 10 tips and a daily at-home checklist for parents to help make their child's school year a success. Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet provides five tips for parents on how to help their child become a better reader and includes activity ideas to improve reading for the whole family. Note: PDF version available.
This tip sheet outlines the usefulness of marriage and relationship education as a strategy for helping families, possibilities for integrating such efforts in Head Start settings, and best practices to consider when exploring partnerships between marriage and relationship education and Head Start. (Author abstract)
This tip sheet discusses how marriage and relationship education can assist youth as they initiate and manage their romantic relationships. It also provides helpful information for safety-net service providers on selecting appropriate programs and resources, as well as on engaging youth during the process. (Author abstract)
This issue brief notes recent research that provides strong evidence for the inclusion of fathers in the home visiting process and indicates including fathers in home visiting programs is not only good for young children, it is an opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of new fathers. The economic, social and emotional development, cognitive development, and academic achievement benefits for children when they have involved fathers are reviewed, as well as the role of fathers in modeling positive adult relationships. Strategies home visiting programs can use to promote the…