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The YMCA Family Involvement Project

Principal Investigator: Julie O'Donnell, Ph.D.

This two-year project uses social workers to provide school-based parent training in the areas of parental involvement in their children's education, parent training, family literacy and community leadership at five elementary schools in Long Beach Unified School District.  In addition, training is provided to school staff on how to effectively engage parents and social events are held at the school to encourage the development of positive home-school relationships.  The current evaluation is investigating the effects of the program on levels on parental involvement and children's grades and test scores.  The project is funded by the California Community Foundation.