Welcoming Parents to Their Child’s School: Practices Supporting Students With Diverse Needs and Backgrounds

Alana Siegel, Monica Esqueda, Ruth Berkowitz, Katherine Sullivan, Ron Avi Astor, Rami Benbenishty

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While researchers acknowledge the importance of parents feeling welcomed and engaged in their child’s school, the school’s welcoming practices to engage parents have been rarely explored. Parents’ qualitative responses provide insight into what impacts their initial and ongoing experience of being welcomed into their child’s new school. In total, 1,020 and 191 parents and/or legal guardians of students enrolled in Grades pre-K through 12 across five California school districts answered first and second open-ended qualitative questions, respectively. Findings are categorized into three separate themes. Schools play a vital role for the entire family when transitioning into a new community. Parents expressed the desire to serve as important partners for the school in creating positive outcomes for the students, classrooms, and the school as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)756-784
Number of pages29
JournalEducation and Urban Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019



  • parents
  • school improvement
  • schools
  • students
  • welcoming practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies

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