ERIC Number: ED479351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Family Night Out: An After School Program.
Boileau, Penny L.
Discovering the value of after-school programs to school improvement initiatives and student achievement, one school district implemented a parent involvement component. Goals identified for the program were: to provide opportunities for parents and school staff to work as partners, and to share information about parent involvement and assets to increase student positive behavior and academic achievement. The "Family Night Out" program began with the kindergarten classes. Families were invited to participate at the school their child attended. Each classroom of kindergarten families met in separate sessions with the teacher, guidance counselor, and principal. A family meal was provided, as was child care for siblings. Parents met after the meal to learn about and share information on ways to build assets with their children, in their homes, and in school. The kindergartners met with an instructor and engaged in activities similar to the parent sessions so family members could discuss session topics at home. Six "nights" were held for each kindergarten class, with topics ranging from rules/consequences, safety, and positive and negative influences, to gifts parents give their children that do not cost money, and family celebrations. The cost of the "Family Night Out" program was covered by grant monies. Since the program's inception in 1995, grade levels have been added each year, and the program currently reaches K-8 students and their families. In evaluation comments, parents stated they were very pleased with the program overall and were glad they had a chance to participate. (HTH)
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