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Parent Involvement Helps Children Succeed in School and in Life

10/3/2001:   Particularly at the beginning of a new school year, parents, grandparents, and others with primary responsibility for children want to find ways to help their children to succeed in school—and ultimately in life.

Partners for Public Education (www.schoolsuccessinfo.com) provides information and resources as well as links to many other education organizations’ websites. The primary web page, Parents: Involvement Gets Results!, has dual themes: "Education Starts at Home" and "Your Role in the Classroom." Information in English and Spanish is also available by calling toll-free 1-800/281-1313. Tips are given on how parents can provide support at home and at school, such as helping with homework and preparing for teacher conferences. Examples of specific topics include: The Busy Parent’s Guide to Involvement in Education, Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children, Learn to Listen, The Health Connection, The PTA, and What To Do When You Are Unhappy with a Teacher.

In addition, through the Advertising Council, Partners for Public Education is sponsoring a three-year public service announcement campaign: School Equals Success in Life. Ads will appear in radio, print, Web, and outdoor formats. The campaign, expected to reach 25,000 media outlets nationwide, communicates the critical role of parents and particularly encourages African American and Hispanic parents to become involved to maximize the educational experience of their children. To learn more about this campaign and dozens of current and prior campaigns (including Parents as First Teachers; Child Abuse Prevention; and Do Good, Mentor a Child), visit the Ad Council website at www.adcouncil.org. The Ad Council, producer of public service communications programs in the United States since 1942, is a private, nonprofit organization that supports campaigns to benefit children, families, and communities.

Another resource for children starting school is the CWLA-published book The Kissing Hand, which is currently on the New York Times children’s picture book bestseller list. It can be purchased at most bookstores or online at www.cwla.org/pubs.

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