Parent Involvement and How it Impacts Students

Involved at School?  Why? There are many child care providers and (professional organizations) that encourage parents to be involved in their child’s early childhood education.  In fact, some child care providers require it as part of enrollment at the facility.  Many parents question why their involvement in their child’s education at such an early age is so important.  After all, these children are just babies, right?  Parent involvement will really count when the child enters “real school”.  Not exactly…

Think about this research finding:

We found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results that are gained with parental involvement. [1]

So, what’s the big deal?  Why is it so important for families to be involved in their child’s school even at such an early age?

  • Family interest in the child’s school shows a value on education
  • Staying connected in with the classroom provides opportunities to expand on classroom interests/ activities at home.  You may not know how much your child loves to work with stamps and stickers if you don’t have those materials at home, but you see the excitement in your child’s face when her teacher presents them in the classroom.
  • Serving on committees allows you to share your family’s experience with the program and could lead to important changes in policy that will improve your child’s learning experience.
  • Numerous research studies have proven that children with involved families are more likely to be successful learners and exhibit more positive social relationships- at all ages.
  • Families who are more involved in their child’s early years are more likely to be involved in their child’s elementary school learning experiences.

 

So with everything to gain, why not go the extra mile for your child’s school?  It will only take a few moments and your child will have a lifetime to reap the benefits.  Talk with your director today for how you can help give your child the best start to be a successful learner.

Rebecca Wilson, MS, is mother to Emogene (IC7) and is an enthusiast for all things related to young children.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Child Development and her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She has worked with children of all ages from birth through 3rd grade in different positions from teaching to administration to consulting.  Currently, she is a grant manager for the early childhood council in Adams County.

 


[1] Achievement. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 20, 2013, from http://www.sciencedailt.com/releases/2008/05/080527123852.htm

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