Parent involvement is crucial to the health and well-being of a child. As a parent, you are the most important influence in your child's success in school and in life. In this role, you have a fresh opportunity every day to get involved with your child.
Parent involvement in children’s education allows kids to perform better in school, and navigate more easily some of the challenges of growing up, such as bullying.
10 Truths About Parent Involvement
Research shows that regardless of income or background, when parents are involved, students are more likely to earn higher grades, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, have better social skills, graduate, and go on to postsecondary education. Here are some truths about parent involvement that you can use to gauge your involvement level and the relationship you have with your child's school.
- All parents have hopes and goals for their children.
- Parents differ in their abilities and/or resources to help their children reach those goals.
- The parent is the central contributor to a child's education.
- Parent involvement must be seen as a legitimate element of education and deserves equal emphasis with elements such as school improvement and evaluation.
- Parent involvement is an ongoing process, not a series of events.
100 Ways to Help Your Child and School Succeed
There are many ways that you can help your child succeed! A few small activities each week will pay huge dividends over the course of the year. Here are a few that you can do this week:
- Know the names of your child's teacher(s), school principal, and school nurse.
Conozca los nombres de los docentes, directivos y enfermeros de la escuela de su hijo.
- Read and know your school's handbook.
Lea y familiarícese con el manual de la escuela.
IExcerps from PTA Parent Newsletter-December 16, 2008 and PTA.org