Latino Family Engagement in After-School Programs
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Hispanic population; Child development; Public education; Acculturation
Coverage: United States United States
After-school programs are in an important position to improve the academic achievement of Latino youth. Social trends, such as more women entering the workforce and an increase in the number of single-parent households, have led to a greater need for after-school programs. Advocates interested in narrowing the achievement gap view after-school programs as a critical opportunity for youth to gain “21st century skills” – global literacy, problem solving, innovation, and creativity – via supplementary academic support and developmentally rich activities. Through 21st Century Community Learning Centers and supplementary education services, the federal government has played a major role in expanding and improving after-school programs, especially for underserved youth. While such programs have increased, the need for even more resources continues to grow with the nation’s Latino youth.