United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County hosted more than 340 people for Back to School Bash at The DoSeum on August 8. Families participating in United Way’s Dual Generation and HOPES programs had an opportunity to engage with their children and experience meaningful learning activities at the number one ranked children’s museum in the country!
Parents and their children enjoyed fun educational exhibits like Earth Matters, the Innovation Station and Little Town. When parents are actively engaged in their child’s education and in their lives, everyone benefits.
An important predictor of a child’s future success is the extent to which their parents are involved with learning at home and in school. Engaged and supportive parents lead to:
- Children having higher grades or test scores
- Higher rates of high-school graduation and post-secondary education
- Development of better social skills and classroom behavior
In addition to the free admission to the DoSeum, families were given with backpacks stocked with school supplies to help with the beginning of the school year. Several United Way partner organizations were in attendance as well to give the families information on services that could benefit them.
The Dual Generation initiative’s approach to reducing child poverty is to strengthen families by giving parents and children the ability to succeed together. Community-based solutions that offer workforce training, with quality child care and wrap-around support allow parents and children the opportunity to overcome generational challenges that limit them from reaching their full potential.
HOPES supports a variety of programs aimed at families with children ages 0 to 5. Services include home visiting services, parent support groups, early literacy promotion and other family services.
United Way invests in programs that help families navigate challenges from each phase of their child’s life. Events like United Way’s Back to School Bash gives parents the opportunity to be actively involved in their child’s education, which is critical to a child’s future.