Parents are critical partners in the effort to improve the food and physical activity options in our schools. In order to help parents feel empowered and confident to advocate for changes in their children's school, CPL has developed a dynamic training curriculum and toolkit, Parents in Action, available in English and Spanish. Please click here
Here are five tips to engage parents:
1. Accommodate work schedules and ensure meetings are held at various times (such as in the evenings and on weekends).
2. Provide childcare for young children and enrichment activities for school-age children during meetings/events. Make sure that your childcare activities model what you are encouraging parents to advocate for (e.g., serve healthy snacks and provide physical activity opportunities.)
3. Ensure written communication addresses non-English speakers and parents with low-literacy.
4. Have native-language speakers facilitate meetings/events when possible.
5. Personalize your message when possible, frame your message around parents' concerns for their children's future, and identify activities as an opportunity to address health disparities or social justice issues.