ERIC Number: ED365453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Parent/Family Centers: Dimensions of Functioning in 28 Schools in 14 States. Report No. 20.
Johnson, Vivian R.
A study examined parent and family centers in schools. A survey was sent to 31 schools in the League of Schools Reaching Out that indicated the presence of a parent and family center. Data from the 28 schools responding to the survey yielded 8 dimensions on the functions of the centers: (1) definitions; (2) initiation; (3) names; (4) physical space; (5) staff; (6) funds; (7) hours of operation; and (8) activities. The survey found that all centers had "parent" or "family" in their name, indicating the importance of these places for parents to meet with each other, or with school staff. All but two centers were founded within the past 5 years, and the amount of physical space provided varied greatly. While many centers had or desired paid staff, most activities were directed by parent or teacher volunteers. Funding, hours of operation, and activities varied considerably. Indications are that parent and family centers both promote and support collaborative family-school relationships to enhance children's learning. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.; Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.
Identifiers: Parent Child Centers; Program Characteristics