United Way


Leading Innovations in Family Engagement (LIFE) Path

Leading Innovations in Family Engagement (LIFE) Path

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United Way of Greater Atlanta, in partnership with Sheltering Arms, The Center for Working Families, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, and the National Equity Project, created LIFE (Leading Innovations in Family Engagement) Path, a novel approach to meet our need for a new family engagement vision in Georgia. Approaching family engagement as the purposeful involvement of families in activities to improve children’s access to education, school readiness, and academic progress, as well as foster their love of learning, LIFE Path is centered around two community hubs located in the counties of DeKalb and Clayton.  The LIFE Path project serves families with children birth to age 3.

This two year pilot will concentrate on three strategies focused on achieving a two-generation impact to improve the lives of participating families in the target communities, including: 1) supporting parents as leaders within their households and communities via the Vision and Voice Family Leadership Institute; 2) serving families through coaching and empowerment planning with Family Support Coordinators and Pathway Coaches, using an interactive, strengths-based approach; and 3) offering training and techncial assistance for partnering childare providers and community-based agencies through communities of practict, classroom coaching by Instructional Coaches and an annual Symposium.  

Partners in the project will work together to:

  • work with parents to support their children in school readiness, link parents to community resources, support parents personal goals, and help parents to nurture and financially provide for their children;
  • offer expertise in helping families and their children achieve economic success while providing a holistic service delivery model to foster-two generation outcomes;
  • connect families to high-quality jobs through training and certification programs and career resource centers
  • build effective, mutually respectful equitable relationships
  • share best practices and lessons learned
  • inform statewide family engagement strategies and how to best integrate this knowledge into the Georgia Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)