ERIC Number: ED414087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Employers, Families and Education.
Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Family involvement in education is good for business, critical to children's school achievement, and important in creating strong and vibrant communities. This report discusses the role of businesses and employers in helping partners and family members be more involved in children's learning. Throughout the report, programs at specific companies are highlighted. The introduction, "Better Education Is Everybody's Business," notes that President Clinton's "Call to Action for American Education in the 21st Century" provides a focus for needed changes in education, while encouraging local initiative and business involvement. The next chapter, "Business' Bottom Line," discusses how employers can support employees who need to balance the demands of work and home and the research indicating that parents have a powerful influence on students. The third chapter, "Integration of Work, Family and Education," discusses company policies that support family and employee involvement in education, including flextime, part-time work options, telecommuting, and time off for school activities. This chapter also discusses how companies support families through worksite and offsite programs, including child care programs, employer-sponsored seminars, parenting and training programs, family support and information groups, resource and referral services, newsletters and Web sites, and literacy training for adults. The fourth chapter, "Community Based Efforts," notes that employers are providing resources, funding special school projects, establishing volunteer/mentor programs at many schools, and initiating public awareness campaigns about the importance of education and parent involvement. The report concludes with a discussion of the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, an initiative to promote children's learning through the development of family-school-community partnerships. A Statement of Commitment is included, which employers can fill out and mail to the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education. Contains 14 references and a resource list of organizations, programs, and companies. (LPP)
Descriptors: Community Cooperation, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Employer Employee Relationship, Employer Supported Day Care, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, School Age Day Care, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Policy
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For related document, see ED 380 227.