Family Learning | Parent University
Family Outcomes Show Value of 2-Generation Approach
Family outcomes in this evaluation show the value of our two-generation partnership with parents and children. While COVID-19 limited in-person classes, learning never stopped. Staff in both Learning Community Centers connected with families more than ever before. With increased support, parents and children moved forward together in virtual and outdoor classes until the gradual transition back to in-person learning.
Learning Community Centers of North and South Omaha
Parent Skills Support Strong Relationships and Student Success
Parents exceeded program goals in building skills to support their children.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Positive day-to-day interactions between a parent and child contribute to a child’s social and academic skills.
Parents demonstrated the greatest strength in building relationships with their children.
Parents made significant gains with highest ratings in nurturing and attachment, and knowledge of child development.
Learning Community Center of North Omaha
Parents Share Understanding of Early Childhood Development
Parents showed strength in the protective factors that support health and well-being, especially when families are facing challenges.
WHY THIS MATTERS: When parents build on their strengths, they have more skills in facing challenges. An understanding of child development is especially helpful as students move through every stage of their education.
Learning Community Center of South Omaha
Digital Literacy Makes Technology Accessible
Even with access to technology, COVID-19 created an immediate need for digital literacy. New parent classes covered everything from basic computer skills and keyboarding to email communications and zoom conferences with teachers. Within months, parents mastered essential skills to better respond to the demands of home-based virtual learning.
“Now that the pandemic is here, it is an obligation to know this.”
DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS
- Helping children with online homework
- Comfortable communicating by email
- Skilled in navigating internet
- Connected to family, friends and community resources
- Participating in teacher conferences via zoom
“…before we really did not need to know a lot about technology. Now, it is a necessity. It has helped me and my children so much.”
In addition to actively supporting their children in education, two-generation programs give parents an opportunity build workforce-ready skills. With support from educational navigators, parents make choices based on the needs of their families.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Research shows workforce training improves family outcomes for two-generations. Typically, children do better in school when families build a more secure future.
MORE THAN 60%
Parents in ESL classes who reached level 4 of 6 skill levels in Reading and Listening.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Achieving ESL Level 4 means parents can understand everyday conversation, participate in routine interactions and recognize phrases to follow simple directions.
MORE THAN 60%
Learning Community Center of South Omaha parents in GED classes who increased their skills by three to four grade levels.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Most parents find earning a GED is a requirement to succeed in the workforce, qualify for career training programs or pursue a college degree.
Workforce certifications earned by Learning Community Center of South Omaha parents.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Many parents take advantage of workforce training to build a future for their families. Parents gain skills to enter the workforce or land a higher-wage job.