Family Engagement Tips

It's a fact: Parents who play an active role in their children's education make a huge difference in their success. [U.S. Department of Education]

As a parent you are the most important person in your child's life. Help your child to have fun learning! Teach your child to feel good about himself and that he can succeed. Be generous with your praise. Always compliment your child for their efforts.

Back to School Tips from U.S. Department of Education

New school year is almost here again.
Is your child ready to succeed?
Are you ready to help?

Get your child to bed on time is essential for a healthy & productive school year. Help your child get used to the back-to-school routine: Start the transition now to earlier wake-up times & bedtimes.

Communicate with teachers & the school at the start of the school year. Get acquainted with them and let them know you want to be an active partner in helping your student to learn and grow.

Plan to keep track of your child's subjects, homework, activities and progress throughout the school year. And, consider serving on your local PTA or joining other parent groups that engage with and support your child's school.

Provide for healthy meals will help your child concentrate on learning, so good nutrition plays an important role in your child's school performance.

Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Fix nutritious meals at home, and, if you need extra help, find out if your family qualifies for any Child Nutrition Programs, like the National School Lunch Program.

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Take your child to the doctor, and make sure your child has health insurance coverage. It's a good idea to take your child in for a physical and an eye exam before school starts.

Most schools require up-to-date immunizations, and you may be asked to provide paperwork showing that your child has all the necessary shots and vaccines. And, always keep your own copies of any medical records.

Prepare a study area at home to do school work and homework. Remove distractions. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family: show interest and praise your child's work.

Read together with your child for 20 minutes every day. Your example reinforces the importance of literacy, and reading lets you and your child explore new worlds of fun and adventure together.