A Menu-Based Approach to Parent Involvement: Processes, Strategies, and Impacts

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 215

Momoko Hayakawa, Child-Parent Center Program, University of Minnesota


Momoko Hayakawa is a Research Associate and Project Manger of the Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion program through the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hayakawa received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in prevention science from the University of Minnesota. Much of her research has examined mechanisms underlying the long-term impact of early parent involvement/engagement on children's academic and health outcomes. Her recent work involves the development, implementation, and evaluation of a parent involvement and engagement program across 30 schools in the Midwest Child-Parent Center program.


There has been a recent emphasis by The U.S. Department of Education to focus on family engagement and school-family-community partnerships. For example, the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Relationships released by the USDE uses family engagement as a tool to promote educational equity. With increased attention to intentionally including families in children’s educational experiences, school districts are looking for strategies to increase family engagement across diverse communities. This presentation will describe a menu-based system of parent involvement as a tailored approach to increasing parent involvement and engagement across schools throughout the Midwest. Impacts of the Child-Parent Center P-3 parent program will be discussed, as well as its implications for policy.

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