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1 Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education GSRP Teachers September

2 Why Promote Parent Involvement? Parent’s Rights Professional Responsibility Improved Outcomes for Students Improved Schools Improved Staff Morale Improved Community Reputation & Support

3 “Over 30 years’ research has proven beyond dispute the positive connection between parent involvement and student success. Effectively engaging parents and families in the education of their children has the potential to be far more transformational than any other type of educational reform.” National PTA, 1997 Report

4 Research Shows Parent Involvement Makes A Difference Helps Children get ready to enter school Promotes School Success Prepares Youth for College Promotes Success in Adult Life

5 Encourage Parents At Home Visits To: Look for everyday learning opportunities at home Talk, using complex words and sentences Read to their young children every day Have books in the home, and provide an example – read for pleasure Teach them to identify letters and numbers Connect printed words and letters to sounds

6 More Parents Can Do At Home Name, count, sort household objects Explore the world of nature with their child Provide consistent routines and discipline Monitor and limit “screen time” Name feelings and talk about how you handle them

7 What Can We Expect of Parents at School? Volunteer in the classroom Volunteer any policy making committees Attend parent-teacher conferences Communicate regularly with staff Reinforce lessons and rules from school Voice their concerns and express their thanks Brainstorming Activity

8 How Else Do We Encourage Parents? Inform of parent education programs offered in the community or in-home Inform of parent-child activity groups offered by your school, library, etc. Assist to access other community resources if the family needs help

9 What About Dads? Two involved parents are better than one! Research shows positive outcomes for school success and social adaptation when dads are involved Other males can take on these roles

10 Different Parenting Styles Moms and Dads tend to have different parenting styles Father is more likely to be playful, to encourage risk taking and not as quick to intervene in the face of child’s frustration. Mother is more likely to provide physical care, more likely to stress emotional security and personal safety, quicker to intervene in child’s frustration.

11 Positive Outcomes When Dads Are Involved Better grades at school More likely to enjoy school More likely to participate in extracurricular activities Less likely to repeat a grade Less likely to be truant or to be expelled These positive outcomes continue: less delinquency, delayed sexual activity, increased empathy and pro-social behavior

12 What Should Professionals Know About Parent Involvement? Positive outcomes not related to economic, ethnic or cultural background of family. Every family has strengths and valuable information about their children. When families feel comfortable in the school setting they are more likely to get involved. More than one time events are needed. Parents must be given substantive tasks. Barriers to parent involvement must be removed.

13 What Keeps Parents From Being Involved? Time Culture / Personality Parents own history at school Uncertainty Some schools may not welcome parents May be other issues for dads: –Staff may seem to prefer or expect to work with mom –More school staff are women –More boys have difficulties at school

14 Ways to Promote Parent Involvement & Partnerships The school environment is family friendly Communication is family friendly Family involvement in school decision making Parents as volunteers

15 National PTA Standards for Parent Involvement Communication Parenting Student learning Volunteering School decision making & advocacy Collaborating with the community

16 Summary  The research shows that family involvement in early childhood education makes a difference in school success and throughout life  Help parents identify everyday learning experiences in the home.  Provide information on home visiting programs, parent education and parent support programs, parent-child activity groups, etc.  Expect parents to be involved in their child’s preschool program  Male involvement is important in a child’s development  Create expectation of parent’s involvement in child’s education from Pre-K - 12

17 References “Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten” Michigan State Board of Education. March 8, 2005 “Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education” Harvard Family Research Project. Spring, 2006 “Father Presence / Father Involvement” Minnesota Institute of Public Health. “Father Facts” National Fatherhood Initiative “Parent Guides” #18 & #19, Michigan Department of Education. Prepared by: Mike Acosta, School Social Worker Wexford Missaukee I.S.D.


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