Kindred targets a largely invisible relationship gap — between parents — that research suggests will lead to profound outcomes for students.
“Do you want your children to attend school with low-income Latino kids who speak Spanish?” a Latino parent asked a white parent during one of Kindred’s sessions. These conversations, where trust allows us to ask the tough questions, are the start to building schools where parents rely on each other and accelerate the school’s efforts to close the opportunity gap.
Research shows that the social networks of families play a significant role in helping their children to build the skills and knowledge to fulfill their potential.* In Washington DC, approximately one-third of traditional and charter schools enroll families of diverse backgrounds. Across the U.S., over 4 million children across 32 states attend schools in districts and charter schools with socioeconomic integration policies. Diversity in itself isn’t solving the opportunity gap — but we can leverage it to build rich, authentic parent networks to surround all children with the support they need to thrive.
*Putnam, Robert. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.