Supporting Parent, Family and Community Involvement in Your School



The family makes critical contributions to a child’s achievement from early childhood through high school. Talking and playing with infants, reading bedtime stories with toddlers, playing math and reading games with elementary school students, helping middle school students with their homework, and establishing appropriate boundaries for teenagers are foundations for success in school. Many families, however, require assistance in providing these basics of a supportive home learning environment.
 

When parents, families, and members of the community are involved with schools, all children benefit. Adult participation sends the message that school is important and the work children do there is worthy of adult attention. Many people, however, do not feel welcome at school.

They may want to volunteer, but don’t know how to begin. They may believe that children and teachers do not want them there, or they may not know how to fit one more activity into an already tight schedule.

 

These situations present perfect opportunities for schools to reach out and provide avenues for parents, family members, and others to provide support.

 

The family makes critical contributions to a child’s achievement.


Supporting Parent, Family and Community Involvement in Your School

Deborah Davis - Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory


http://www.pacer.org/mpc/pdf/titleipip/SupportingInvolvement_article.pdf

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