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The Aprender en Familia (Family Learning) Program in Chile
Harvard Family Research Project
In Chile, a country with approximately 3.5 million students in more than 12,000 schools, the Aprender en Familia (Family Learning) Program understands the importance of family engagement in education. Indeed, the program credits families with being responsible for about 40% to 60% of their children’s academic results. Funded by Fundación CAP—an organization that supports concrete and innovative education projects—Aprender en Familia seeks to enhance the effect of families on the comprehensive development and academic outcomes of students.
One cycle of the Aprender en Familia Program runs for three years, with efforts in three categories: school and family partnerships, parent education, and net creation (the strengthening of bonds between children, families, and schools). Among the program’s main areas of focus are:
With Aprender en Familia’s clear strategy for establishing goals, setting procedures, and developing action plans, the program has reached 28,000 students, 18,500 families, and 1,800 teachers in 60 Chilean schools. Evidence of the program’s effectiveness is already manifesting. So far, outcomes include: