If you run an after school program, you will want to read the executive summary of this report, More than homework, a snack, and basketball: Afterschool Programs as an Oasis of Hope for Black Parents in Four Cities published by the Black Alliance for Educational Options.
One of the questions the report addresses is "What outcomes are Black parents looking for from an After School Program (ASP)?"
The answer --
Parents seek the following:
• Better grades in school
• Better attitude by learning discipline
• Greater maturity
• Broader exposure to diverse peers and experiences
• Increased exposure to male role models
I encourage you to take the time to read this 10 page summary (pdf). We all want greater parental engagement in our programs. This report will contribute to our understanding of how parents see our programs.