Promote a welcoming environment,
Address misconceptions that may be held by teachers and parents about the role of parent engagement,
Use resources toward supporting increased parent involvement,
Understand the effect of children’s home environment on their academic performance,
Organize the program structure to encourage parent engagement, and
Provide parents with the information and tools to support their children’s academic success.
Quality enrichment programming in a safe place and Parent Resource Fairs, Counseling and Networking Connections.
While children are engaged in creative activities, parents are free to meet with professional counselors who eagerly offer guidance on the various aspects of raising children as a working, single parent. We offer assistance with: credit repair; health and dental benefit resources; higher education opportunities and career training; and much more, even sample beauty supplies or free chair massage to ease the stress of the day! Parents leave these fairs with the tools and knowledge to be better parents for themselves and their children.
At H4H, we,all of us, as parents and as community leaders, encourage excellence in our children!
The Parental Concern About After-School Time (PCAST) Study quantified parent concern about their children’s safety, travel, productive use of time, and reliability of care in the Out of School Time (OST) hours when the parent is still at work, but school is out for the day. Not surprisingly, parents had greater PCAST when children were unsupervised, and when the parent(s) had more child care responsibility, longer work hours, or a greater concern about a particular child’s behavioral or social issues.
What is surprising, though, at least to us here at Hands 4 Hope LA, is that this study was among the first that looked at OST care in terms of the effect on parents. It is most common to see studies and statistics about the effects of “latch-key” situations on children’s educational and social outcomes. .
The Brandeis study* found that high stress PCAST is directly and indirectly linked both to the Parent’s Job Performance and to their Personal Well-Being. At Hands 4 Hope LA, we provide quality after-school programming to children predominantly from single parent, working households, where the only alternative is for children to be left unattended for hours after school, increasing the PCAST stress of the single parent.
The Research Study found that High levels of PCAST predicted higher levels of:
lower satisfaction with promotion opportunities in the organization,
less belief on behalf of employers that the parent can advance in the organization,
lower job satisfaction, which in turn predict lower employee commitment to their career and organization, and and poorer personal well-being.
Hands 4Hope not only provides the safe space and quality programming for latch key children o single parents in our community, but supports PARENTS with resources and workshops that promote their well-being, and allow them to attend to their jobs and careers as more productive employees.