When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful. In fact, decades of research show that students with involved parents are more likely to attend school regularly, perform better in school, develop better social skills, and go on to post-secondary education.
Family engagement leads to student success. National PTA, in partnership with the National Education Association, has developed Family Guides for parents and caretakers with valuable tips for helping children succeed in key learning areas.
Check out these downloadable guides (also available in Spanish) to learn how you can make a difference:
Starting school can be daunting for both parent and child—but there are steps you can take to make the transition as smooth as possible. Long before your child walks through a classroom door, you can begin instilling the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
Your child has a right to attend and succeed in a great public school. Regardless of income, ethnicity, family circumstances, disability or school readiness, all children are entitled to an education that will help them reach their full academic, professional and personal potential. As a parent or guardian, you are the best advocate for ensuring this happens.
So, your child is going to kindergarten! You must be very proud. But it’s also natural to feel some anxiety. After all, it’s the beginning of their formal education, and an important milestone both socially and academically. There are a number of things you can do to prepare your child, while keeping you both focused on the exciting aspects of this new adventure.
High school can be one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life, but also one of the most stressful. The number of new academic concepts, extracurricular activities and social pressures they face can be overwhelming.
More Family Guides on topics such as school testing, scientific literacy, reading skills, and mathematics are available in the Resources section of the National PTA website.