Strong Start, Bright Future
Helping Your Child Succeed in School
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Parents will always be a child’s first and most important teacher.
And parenting is the most important job that every parent takes on.

—Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

For children to be successful in school, parents must be actively engaged in their children's learning. Many studies show that parents' involvement in school is more important to their children's academic success than the parents' level of education or income. By showing interest in their children's education, parents can spark their children's enthusiasm, showing them that learning, both inside and outside of school, is enjoyable and rewarding.

Parents can help children succeed by participating in school or other learning activities, reading with their children, assisting with homework assignments, and talking with their children's teachers. Parents can share the goals they have for their children with teachers to make sure that teachers hold all students to high standards of performance. Most states have voluntarily adopted rigorous college- and career-ready standards to better ensure the success of all learners.

To help children reach those standards, this brochure, based on the Helping Your Child series of publications for parents and families, has been designed to provide parents with the latest research and practical information to help them support their children and ensure their children's success in school and in life. Further, it builds upon the idea that all children benefit from quality early learning programs and effective preschool experiences.

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Last Modified: 09/05/2013