Family Engagement: OST Field Notes

Voices from the Field take 3

This section includes pieces from the OST field describing program practices with children and youth. It includes guest blogs and v-logs (video logs), photo-essays and narratives by practitioners reflecting about lessons and learning in the area of family engagement that supports program quality in out-of-school time programs.

We accept submissions from practitioners in the OST field. For more information about submitting your work, email sarahill@youthtoday.org.


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Cultivating Cultural Assets.  An After-School Story

This blog, written by an afterschool practitioner, describes how using parents as experts in their own culture, and sharing and celebrating their knowledge, is an effective way of engaging parents in the program.

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Engaging Families in After-school Activities

A photoessay that describes the work of Queens Community House afterschool program at P.S. 117 in Jamaica, Queens.  It describes how they are dedicated to getting their families and community involved by creating fun and engaging activities as well as by engaging parents in the struggle for afterschool funding, social issues, and practicing leadership skills.

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