No One is More Important to Children than Their Parents
The #1 experts on children are their parents. For Charleston Promise Neighborhood, working together with parents, community members and the schools themselves builds trust and empirically leads to improved attendance and behavior and increased grades and test scores.
Parent involvement is critical to the success of neighborhood schools.
Charleston Promise Neighborhood constantly seeks innovative ways to engage parents, involve them in their children’s schools and listen to their ideas.
These are some of our efforts:
- Health Literacy Workshops helps parents gain the confidence to make good health decisions and understand what they can do to treat their children at home, when to call the doctor, and when an ER visit is absolutely necessary.
- Door-to-door outreach that allows parents to meet the people working in their children’s schools without leaving their homes.
- Family Engagement Nights bring children and their parents to school for a night of hands-on fun and learning. These programs have included highly successful Family Science Nights, “Show What You Know” afterschool showcases, Family Literacy Nights and Family Arts Night.
- On-site school events and programs.
Community Engagement Council Gives Neighborhood Residents Another Voice
Now in its seventh year, the Community Engagement Council works to ensure that neighborhood residents are involved in decision-making when it comes to their schools. The council is open to all neighborhood residents and serves as an idea factory for parent and community engagement.
The Community Engagement Council identified the need for a leadership development program in the neighborhood. This idea led to creation of Charleston Promise Neighborhood’s YouthPromise initiative.
Community Engagement Council Members
Eric Jackson, Chair & CPN Board Member
Clara Fuqua, Vice Chair
Kelly Lucas, Secretary
Rev. Alma Dungee
Imam Luqman Rasheed