It takes a village to raise a child. As parents and guardians, we have to remember this when it comes to our child’s education, making sure not to solely rely on teachers for their academic success. Countless studies show that parent involvement in a child’s education is crucial. When parents are actively involved in their child’s learning, children are more likely to excel academically, be better behaved, have a positive attitude toward school, stay in school longer and enroll in higher-education programs. Along with the student benefits, parents will likely find they are creating stronger connections and building a better relationship with their child, which is especially important in today’s digital era.
All parents can take simple steps to get involved in their child’s educational success. When parents foster an atmosphere of learning and collaboration with educators, everyone benefits.
Being involved in your child’s day-to-day to school activities sends a message that school is important to your family, and your child will take notice.
Additional Information and Resources
The National Education Association is a great resource offering content for caregivers and parents to help in these seven areas. Some of the topics include suggestions on delivering feedback to your children, dealing with race and discrimination, recognizing first signs of bullying, understanding your rights regarding special needs programs, testing at your child’s school along with great activities to encourage extending learning with your child.
Contributor: Shanta Bell is currently an Early Learning Specialist working with post-accredited partner centers.