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Why Family Engagement is Important

Why is Family Engagement Important?

When parents and schools work together to support learning, students: earn higher grades, enroll in higher level programs, adapt better to school and attend more regularly, have better social skills and behavior, and graduate and go on to higher education. 

You are your child's first and most influential teacher.

Ways to Engage in your Child's Education
and Partner with the School

Where Children Spend Their Time:

  • School children spend approximately 12% of their time in school, 55% of their time out of school, and 33% of their time sleeping.
  • Since children spend a significantly more amount of time at home than at school, we need to help parents understand how to help their children continue to learn when they aren’t in school.

When Should Parents Get Involved?

  • The earlier in a child's educational process parent engagement begins, the more powerful the effects.
  • The most effective forms of family engagement are those which involve families in working directly with their children on learning activities at home.

Ways to engage in your child's education and partner with the school:

With guidance and support, families can become increasingly involved in home learning activities and find themselves with opportunities to teach, to be models for and to guide their children.

  • Set an example.  Make it clear that you enjoy learning new things and reaching your goals.
  • Establish a regular time for homework.
  • Meet your child's teacher and contact the school/teacher whenever you have a questions or concern.
    We are here to help!
  • Get excited about learning and achieving.
  • Be positive about education.  Insist on good attendance, punctuality and effort. 
    • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year.
    • Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.
    • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep.
    • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
    • Don't let your child stay home unless truly sick.
  • Videos:  Bringing Attendance Home (English)Trayendo la asistencia a casa (español)
  • Read, play, and talk to your child.
  • Help your children practice reading, writing, math and science skills at home.  Let them teach you.
  • Ask them about school each day, and listen with undivided attention.
  • Promote healthy habits. Children who have enough exercise and sleep and who follow a balanced diet get sick less often and are better prepared to learn.
  • Motivate independent thinking, even if it leads to mistakes.  Help your children see mistakes as opportunities to grow.
  • Families who read to their children, have books available, take trips, guide TV watching, and provide stimulating experiences contribute to student achievement.
  • Enroll your children in after-school activities that offer a variety of learning opportunities.
  • Get involved at school.  Attend all the school events that you can. Fill out questionnaires, surveys, and requests to participate. Join the PTA. Volunteer. There are ways to help even if you can't get to the building or classroom....ask your child's teacher how you can make a difference.

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