Families are intimately involved with their children’s growth and development. They are involved in the more formal education process as well. Students reach higher levels of success when parents, school staff and community organizations work together as partners focused on our children’s preparation for college and career and more importantly for life in our communities as adult contributors. Read below for ideas about working together.

Parents who are involved with their children’s learning and development right from the start:

  • Make time for play or conversation with children every day.
  • Read with children knowing it is one of the most important ways of preparing for school success.
  • Set consistent behavior boundaries that evolve as the child ages.

Parents of school age children stay involved with their children’s learning and development by:

  • Introducing themselves to the child’s teacher.
  • Asking their children for messages and flyers from the school, and details about their day:
  • “Tell me more about how to do those math problems.”
  • “Who did you sit with at lunch today? “
  • “What did you think of chorus (any sport or arts or music or club) practice today?”
  • “I’m eager to hear your thoughts about the elections.”
  • “Did you see the article in the newspaper about rebuilding the park?”
  • Continuing to read together and play together.
  • Starting early conversations about vocation/career interests so many options can be explored.

Resources*

5-Minute Film Festival: Parent-Teacher Partnerships

Afterschool: A Key to Successful Parent Engagement (PDF)

Engaging Families in Out-of-School Time Programs Toolkit (PDF)

Increasing Family and Parent Engagement in Afterschool

* Disclaimer: The resources provided deal with arts-related programming in general and certain practices may not be applicable to 21st Century Community Learning Centers. If you are unsure if a recommended practice is permissible, please contact your program officer at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.