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As a parent or caregiver, you have a key role in your child’s education — you can help bridge your child’s transition from home to school, and give him or her the best chance at success in learning and in life. While your child’s education begins at home, this tool provides you with a set of questions to ask and important issues to consider when approaching your child’s teachers, principals, and counselors about his or her development. As a parent or caregiver, it can be hard to know how to support your child’s learning, but asking your child’s educators the right questions is a good place to start.
To find out if your child is getting an education that will prepare him or her for success, consider asking the following questions related to five areas of school performance:
For age-appropriate guides to supplement this checklist, visit: www.ed.gov/family-and-community-engagement
For information how your school compares to other schools, visit: www.greatschools.org/
To meet other parents and caregivers in your school, and for information on academic standards and assessments, join your local school-based parent organization and visit: www.pta.org/
If your child is behind or needs extra help, seek out reading and other academic assistance at libraries, neighborhood churches, academic sororities and fraternities, organizations such as your local National Urban League, 100 Black Men, YMCA and YWCA, Mocha Moms, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and area high school and college students who serve as tutors and mentors.
If your child is being bullied or having issues with discipline, visit: www.stopbullying.gov
For information about exercise and nutrition, visit: www.parentcenterhub.org/
If your child has a delay or disability, check out the Parent Training and Information Centers at: www.parentcenterhub.org/
If English is not your home language, visit: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/index.html
For information about early childhood education, visit: www.ed.gov/early-learning
For information about supporting the education of children and youths experiencing homelessness, visit: http://center.serve.org/nche/index.php
If you and your child face homelessness, visit:https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources
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This publication is also available on the Department’s website at http://www.ed.gov/family-and-community-engagement.
On request, this publication is available in alternate formats, such as Braille, large print, or compact disc at the Department’s Alternate Format Center at 202-260-0852 or by contacting the 504 coordinator via email at om_eeos@ ed.gov.
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