Parent Involvement

  • Research shows that the more families participate in their children's education, the better those students achieve in school. When schools, families and communities work together to support student learning, children generally achieve better grades and test scores, and have better attendance, complete homework, show higher aspirations and motivations towards school, make better transitions and are more likely to graduate.
    The National PTA definition of family engagement is:
    • Families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development
    • A continuous shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to engaging families in meaningful and culturally respectful ways
    • Continuous across a child’s lifetime from cradle to career everywhere that children learn—at home, in pre-kindergarten programs, in school, in after-school programs, in faith-based institutions, and in community programs and activities
    Here are a few ways to help your child be successful:
    • Talk with your child
    • Show interest in your child's school and out-of-school activities
    • Read to your child; get a library card for you and your child
    • Hold a family game night – board games are a fun way for families to spend time together and also teach children lessons in math, strategy and sportsmanship
    • Ensure children attend school regularly, on time and prepared to learn.
    • Get to know your child’s school and classroom teacher
    • Incorporate homework into the daily routine and provide a comfortable place for your child to study that is free from distractions
    • Learn more about how the Washington state school system works and how to advocate for your child