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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Cane Run Elementary

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

Cane Run Elementary


Jefferson County Public Schools

Louisville, KY


  • Five Family Technology Nights each year provide hands-on, technology-supported learning activities for parents and their children, increase parents' awareness of available technology, and offer training to parents and community adults in basic computer skills. Approximately 20–40 parents and children attend each night.

  • School maintains 30 laptop computers for students and parents to borrow overnight or on weekends.

  • More than 20 families are involved in the Even Start Program; parents study for the GED or take parenting classes while children are in school or the on-site nursery.

  • Family Resource Center links families with mental health counseling, medical services, social services, and other community resources.

  • Family Resource Center runs a summer sports program and an affordable after-school tutoring and recreation program for children; approximately 4 parents volunteer each day.

  • As many as 8 parents accompany teachers on a retreat to participate in meetings on curriculum, planning, student assessment, and other educational issues.

    Funding Sources2:

    Title I, Kentucky Education Reform Act funds, Goals 2000, local grant, and corporate donations

    Evidence of Success:

  • Since 1990, membership in the PTA has grown from 60 to 700. Most of the families at the school now belong to the PTA. The PTA has won more than 30 awards for exemplary attendance, including the state PTA's highest award for a local unit, the Overall Advocate for the Child award.

  • The number of parents who visit the school building daily has increased from 3–4 parents to 30 parents per day.

  • During the last two years, discipline referrals have declined 30 percent each year.

  • Attendance has remained steady at about 94 percent over the last few years.

  • The school has seen modest but steady gains in test scores over the past four years.

  • K–5


    50% African American

    50% white

    80% FRL

    Schoolwide Program

    1 All schools and districts included in this Idea Book receive Title I funding. This column indicates whether a school has implemented a schoolwide program.

    2 Administrators in many schools cannot separate the costs of parent involvement efforts from other reforms and activities. This is especially true in schools that have implemented schoolwide programs (as have most schools in this appendix). However, administrators reported that, in addition to their school or district general operating budget, the funding sources listed here provide a major source of support for their parent involvement efforts.

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