A parent is a child's #1 teacher

Schools and kids do better when parents are involved. While they may not be educators themselves, parents bring their years of life and job experience to the process. PLUS ... Parents know their children better than anyone else and have the most complete understanding of a child's physical, social, developmental, and family history. Parents are the only adults in the educational process who have been and will continue to be deeply involved throughout the child's school career.

Research shows many benefits when parents are involved in their child's education:

  • Higher grades and test scores
  • Better attitudes and behavior
  • Better school attendance
  • More homework completed
  • Chance of placement in special education
  • Greater likelihood of graduating from high school
  • Better chance of continuing education beyond high school

Whatever your own educational background, as a parent you can reinforce the importance of school:

  • Speak positively about your child's teachers and counselors
  • Talk to your child about the benefits of education
  • Make sure your child gets to school on time
  • Attend open houses and parent-teacher conferences
  • Answer notes and calls from your child's teacher
  • Encourage reading and writing
  • Keep books, magazines and newspapers in your home
  • Take your child to the library
  • Discuss what your child reads
  • Read with your child or have your child read to you
  • Encourage your child to write notes to grandparents and other relatives

This section of the website offers information and resources to make a parent's job easier. Please contact us with ideas to make this site more useful to parents.