This call to action by the Harvard Family Research Project and Public Library Association may surface some new ideas among ecosystems interested in improving family engagement by tapping the power of their libraries. The new report Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement, is a call to action focused on strengthening the role of libraries in engaging families. The report offers specific strategies and real-world examples of libraries that have reached out to counterbalance the inequalities experienced by children and youth from high- and low-income homes. Write the authors: “Family engagement is no longer just about how families are involved in schools—it is much broader. Children and youth learn anywhere, anytime—not just in school. They thrive when they explore and discover things they are curious about, whether it’s in school, at home, in libraries and museums, during afterschool programs, and in parks and recreation activities. When families connect with children in these various learning spaces, they are building a pathway for lifelong learning.” Joan Walker of the National Science Foundation writes a follow-up blog outlining NSF programs that can support family engagement in STEM. Read here.
September 26, 2016