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Parent Involvement Most Consistent Predictor of Children’s Success

2013 October 31
by HISD Communications

Students learn their best when schools and parents team up to give them all the support they need in the classroom and at home. 

HISD is committed to making sure parents have the information they need to support learning at every stage of a child’s education, from preschool years to graduation. The district has a school-readiness program that helps parents prepare preschool children for academic success. Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) provides instructors who visit HISD parents once a week and teach them strategies for preparing preschoolers to start school. This program helps close the achievement gap and gives students the basic reading skills they need before they set foot in school.

HISD’s Family and Community Engagement website has valuable resources to assist parents in becoming effective educational partners and advocates for their children. Parent activities that directly benefit students include visiting their school frequently, meeting and staying in touch with their teachers, and being active in the PTO or PTA. At home, parents should establish a quiet place for their child to study and do homework, make sure they get plenty of sleep, and set limits on video games and similar activities. It’s also a good idea to set goals, discuss the importance of being in school every day, and encourage children to do their best work.

When families and schools work together, the result is children who are successful in school, have a positive attitude toward education, and graduate ready for college and a career.

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