Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on children's learning and development of social competence. When parents are involved, students achieve more, exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior, and feel more comfortable in new settings (National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, 2003). At the United Way of York County, as well as nationally, it is recognized that parents and families serve as a child’s first and most important teacher throughout their life.
The Family Engagement Committee at the United Way meets quarterly to help plan family engagement activities and facilitate strategic relationships that help promote family engagement opportunities within the community. Currently the major event this committee works on throughout the year is the United Way Love2Learn event which occurs in February annually.