Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

By Heer Shaikh, Program Success Manager “Sahteen” (صحتين) means “double health.” People wish each other “Sahteen” before and after eating. It’s one of the bits and pieces of culture I squirreled away when learning Arabic as a kid. There’s no equivalent in English or any of the other languages that were part of my childhood.Continue reading “Culturally Responsive Family Engagement”

Easing the School Load: Supporting Immigrant Families with Collaboration

This article is part of our series: Voices of Engagement. In this series, we interview the people we are listening to and learning from as we continually evolve and improve our family engagement programs. It’s a truism that schools are asked to play an increasing role in our social safety net for families. Community collaborationContinue reading “Easing the School Load: Supporting Immigrant Families with Collaboration”

What Elementary Families Want

By Mary Westervelt, director of marketing, and Maya Sussman, director of product Last weekend I broke into my son’s school. Well, the gate was unlocked and ajar, but as I snuck down the steps and peeked through that tiny door window, I felt like an intruder. It’s been a long time since I felt likeContinue reading “What Elementary Families Want”

Webinar: Sparking Family Literacy Moments

By the Ready4K Team Families are essential partners in building early literacy muscles. But catalyzing those moments requires a great plan that: Makes it easy for families Leverages your strengths Encourages families to feel like they’re part of the team In this workshop we explore and practice proven tactics for creating a family-facing literacy programContinue reading “Webinar: Sparking Family Literacy Moments”

Want to Solve Chronic Absenteeism?

Harness the Power of Family Engagement This article is part of our series: Voices of Engagement. In this series, we interview the people we are listening to and learning from as we continually evolve and improve our family engagement programs. By April Hawkins, Marketing Manager, and Chaná Edmond-Verley,Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Futures and President ofContinue reading “Want to Solve Chronic Absenteeism?”

Ready for Grade 5 Families

By Françoise Lartigue, M.Ed., Ready4K senior content and curriculum specialist When I was in the throes of parenting toddler twins and a preschooler, bleary eyed and physically exhausted, a friend with older children said, “Don’t worry it’ll shift. Parenting young children is mostly physically demanding. Parenting older kids is more mentally demanding.” “Oh”, I saidContinue reading “Ready for Grade 5 Families”