Incentives for family involvement
September 12, 2010 8:15 AM Subscribe
What sorts of incentives can we offer to boost parent involvement?
posted by nayrb5 to Education (14 answers total)
I'm looking for relatively inexpensive ($5-$10/family) incentives to encourage parents to attend monthly parent meetings. Our program serves children 3-5 in a low-income/underserved area.
Current ideas include gift cards, passes to the local children's museum, bags of books and school supplies.
Past practice was to raffle off "big-ticket" items (microwaves, TVs, etc.), but I'd rather use our funds to give every family a gift for attending. I'd like these gifts to enhance their lives in some way and encourage home-school connections (i.e. books encouraging home literacy).
What other incentives might we offer? Dinner and childcare is already offered at meetings. Also, this is in Chicago.