An important component of student success in school is the support they receive from their parents and families. Parents and families are essential partners with schools in educating their children. There are many research-based best practices for parents that contribute to the success of their children in learning.
Families are parents, grandparents, relatives, siblings, close family friends, mentors, neighbors, caregivers and others. Parents are the first and ongoing teachers of their children. The demands of 21st century learning require that schools are purposeful in partnering with families to ensure that every child succeeds. The family establishes the foundation that the educator builds upon in the classroom, and can create an environment of learning conducive to lifelong success by maintaining high expectations, accessing opportunities, giving encouragement, setting appropriate boundaries, and by partnering with schools and community leaders.
Almost all parents have a desire for their children to become responsible and productive adults, good citizens, and to be able to care for themselves and their future families. In order for families to achieve this goal, purposeful training in the home and in the classroom is needed. Parents must work to provide basic needs and teach essential skills in order to realize their dreams and aspirations for their children. Schools must be willing to partner with families to provide support for student achievement and success.
Many books, periodicals, videos, and online tools on parenting, child development, and family relationships are available, as well as ideas for high-quality family activities and events. The resources provided in this section are based on current research and best practices on parenting to give children the support and foundation they need to succeed in the classroom and prepare for career and college.