This issue of the Family Involvement Network of Educators newsletter explores the importance of engaging families in anytime, anywhere learning. There is growing understanding of the importance of inequalities in access to interest-driven learning out of the traditional school day in afterschool and summer activities and programs, at cultural institutions, and through digital media. However, the role of families in these learning opportunities has not been studied in depth.
The commentary in this issue explores the ways families, schools, and communities can work together to support children to pursue their interests, connect them to learning opportunities, and create learning pathways over time. Other articles highlight the work that involve families in several exciting community programs, such as an interview about “Imajine That,” a museum and educational play space that focuses on families playing and learning together, and a short video showcasing the ways Cambridge, Massachusetts is helping families connect their kids to relevant learning and enrichment opportunities.
Source Organization: Harvard Family Research Project