Why is Building Family important?

One time a week is not enough. – Building Family Participant

Here’s what the best and brightest in the field (from the PTA to livestrong) have to say about parent and family engagement in schools.

Decades of research1 show that when parents are involved students have:

  • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
  • Better school attendance
  • Increased motivation, better self-esteem
  • Lower rates of suspension
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Fewer instances of violent behavior
  • Greater enrollment rates in post-secondary education

“Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times greater than other factors.”2

“Schools must do their part to encourage parent involvement in education. Key activities include making parents feel welcome at school, involving parents in decision making, and implementing programs to provide information about parenting skills and community resources.”3

“Feelings of inadequacy, feeling intimidated and feeling unwelcome in the school setting can deter many parents from becoming involved with their child’s school. These feelings may stem from negative school experiences when they were children and low self-esteem or be perpetuated by staff that inadvertently alienate parents by the set up of the school environment or their attitude towards parents,” says the New Jersey State Parent Information & Resource Center.4

“Although most parents do not know how to help their children with their education, with guidance and support, they may become increasingly involved in home learning activities and find themselves with opportunities to teach, to be models for and to guide their children.”5

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1Parent Teacher Association and http://bvsd.org/counseling/Pages/Importanceofparentalinvolvement.aspx

2Walberg (1984) in his review of 29 studies of school–parent programs.



5Roberts, 1992. In Online Resources for Parent/Family Involvement. ERIC Digest by Ngeow, Karen Yeok-Hwa, 1999

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