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Administration Building
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4203
Fax: 609.806.4223

Princeton Regional Schools
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

How to be an Involved Parent in Your Child's Education

What Does Research Say about Parent and Family Involvement?
Research over the past 30 years has found that parent involvement in a child’s education is very valuable and has benefits for students, families and schools.  An important benefit is that parent and family involvement can contribute to student success and student achievement gains.  Efforts that parents and family members make to support a child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being prepares a child to succeed in school.  
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has reviewed this research and found that “no matter what their family income or background may be, students with involved parents are more likely to”:
  • Earn higher grades and test scores.
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits.
  • Attend school regularly.
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school.
  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education.

How Can Parents and Family Members Get Involved?
Again, research shows there are several ways parents are typically involved.  

Parents as the first educators in the home
  • Read often to young children, engage them in conversation about their daily experiences and listen to music to stimulate their language development.
  • Share your belief that education matters and put these beliefs into action in simple ways (e.g., be on time for school, ask your child about what happens in school).
  • Share stories about your own school experiences and relationships with teachers who encouraged you or helped you in a special way.
  • Create time in your family’s daily routine for homework and discussing school activities.
Parents as partners with the school
  • Attend Back to School Night events at your child’s school to get to know teachers and school staff
  • Attend Parent Conferences to learn about your child’s progress in school.
  • Contact your child’s teacher by e-mail, phone or in-person, as needed, to keep track of your child’s progress.
  • Attend school sponsored meetings about educational issues (e.g., a new elementary math program); what your child is expected to know and how your child’s understanding of core subject will be assessed; or enrichment opportunities (e.g., after school and summer programs).
  • Volunteer for school activities (e.g., a science fair or book fair).
  • Volunteer for social activities that help parents and school staff get to know each other (e.g., school picnic and staff appreciation luncheons).
Parents as advocates for all children and youth in the community
  • Join your school’s PTO.
  • Serve on a school or district committee that focuses on a particular issue that interests you.
  • Attend board meetings to observe how decisions are made or to share your opinion about an issue that interests you.
  • Cast your vote for school board candidates and school budgets.
  • Share your knowledge about community issues and community resources with school staff members who may be able to use this information to help others.
  • Help school staff members make connections with community members to resolve issues that affect how children succeed in school.    
  • Help school staff members make connections with parents and community members to remove barriers that may keep others from participating in school-family activities.  

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