ERIC Number: ED375197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Centers in Urban Schools: Four Case Studies. Report No. 23.
Johnson, Vivian R.
In efforts to make parents feel more welcome at school and to increase their involvement, a number of schools are creating parent centers--providing parents with a room of their own in the school. Part I of this report examines the role of parent centers in strengthening family-school relationships through case studies of four parent centers in urban schools, three elementary and one junior high. The case studies illustrate how parent centers are created and developed, the types of projects and programs they develop and implement, the dynamics through which they work to achieve family-school partnerships, and effects on children's academic and social success. In Part II, cross-site analyses of the case study information combined with the survey information are conducted to examine the links that exist between the work of parent centers and Federal, state, and local policies pertaining to school-family relationships. In Part III, the policy implications of parent centers are drawn in four areas: child care, integrated services, teacher outreach to parents, and home visits. Appendixes contain six graphs describing programs. (Contains 21 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Day Care, Elementary Education, Family School Relationship, Home Visits, Interpersonal Competence, Junior High Schools, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
Center for Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning, Johns Hopkins University, 3505 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 ($8.10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.; Boston Univ., MA.