Being involved in your children’s education helps them do well in school and improves the quality of your school. Here are some suggestions on how to get started. Find the time to get involved–it makes a difference!!!

1. Take your child to school on the first day.
2. Let your child know that school is important. Be sure to ask questions about homework, and set up a quiet place for your child to work.
3. Read everything that is sent home from school — report cards, homework assignments, school lunch plans, and vacation and bus schedules. Show your child that you are well informed.
4. Get to know your child’s teachers and school principal by attending school meetings and parent-teacher conferences.
5. Ask for copies of school policies (e.g., attendance, discipline). Ask questions if there is something you do not understand.
6. Volunteer to help out with school activities. Attend sports events, help out with fundraisers, or volunteer to work in the school office.
7. Visit your child’s classroom when class is in session, not just at parent-teacher conferences

These tips have been created by the U.S. Department of Education to help you become more involved in your child’s education. As a more involved parent, you improve your child’s chances to be successful in school. For each topic, you will find suggestions for how you can obtain additional information and assistance.