Hands 4 Hope LA supports parent engagement with research-based practices.
Parents miss an average of five days of work per year due to a lack of afterschool care.
Parental concern about after school care costs businesses up to $300 billion per year in lost productivity.
–(Catalyst & Brandeis University, 2006; Afterschool Alliance)
The Brandeis study* found that high stress PCAST is directly and indirectly linked both to the Parent’s Job Performance and to their Personal Well-Being. At Hands 4 Hope LA, we provide quality after-school programming to children predominantly from single parent, working households, where the only alternative is for children to be left unattended for hours after school, increasing the PCAST stress of the single parent.
The Research Study found that High levels of PCAST predicted higher levels of:
- job disruptions,
- lower satisfaction with promotion opportunities in the organization,
- less belief on behalf of employers that the parent can advance in the organization,
- lower job satisfaction, which in turn predict lower employee commitment to their career and organization, and and poorer personal well-being.
*The School-Family Connection: Looking at the Larger Picture-A Review of Current Literature. National Center for Family and Community Connection, Austin, TX. Source pdf.
*Parental Concern About After-School Time (PCAST) Study The Community, Families & Work Program, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.
In addition to the safe space and quality programming for latch key children of single parents in our community, we help PARENTS with resources and workshops that promote their well-being, and allow them to attend to their jobs and careers as more productive employees.
Parents meet with professional counselors who eagerly offer guidance on the various aspects of raising children as a working, single parent. We offer assistance with: credit repair; health and dental benefit resources; higher education opportunities and career training; and much more, even sample beauty supplies or free chair massage to ease the stress of the day! Parents leave these fairs with the tools and knowledge to be better parents for themselves and their children.
We reduce the stress experienced by single and working parents due to concern about their children’s welfare afterschool!