Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies and Political Science

First Advisor

Jack Dougherty


A new Connecticut pilot program for low-income families has attempted to actively engage parents in the planning and decision process to provide a holistic approach to comprehensive workforce services. This study analyzes perceptions of parental engagement gathered from interviews with policymakers, professionals and parents. Results show that in this program policymakers, professionals, and parents agree that parental engagement was a deliberate action to incorporate parent voice and create parent leaders for long-term success of the program. Policymakers and professionals disagreed on the level of leadership and amount of training necessary for successful parental engagement. Recommendations include aligning expectations and definitions across stakeholders to increase the likelihood of successful parental engagement in the future.


Senior project completed at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Political Science.