Brief

This brief spotlights real-world practices, challenges and policy recommendations related to parental involvement in education. It is part of a series produced by the Family Strengthening Policy Center that aims to inspire new ways of thinking about families in low-income communities and how this thinking can impact policy. Readers will learn why engaging parents is good for students, low-income neighborhoods and schools and how this work fits into family-driven community development.

October 8, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What parental involvement looks like.

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    Ideas for promoting parental involvement in schools.

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    How this involvement benefits schools, parents and students.

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    Challenges to engaging parents in schools.

Key Takeaway

The path to academic success and stronger schools begins at home

Family is the most fundamental factor influencing the lives and outcomes of children. When families and communities organize to hold poorly performing schools accountable, educators make positive changes in policy, practice and resources.These changes are good for kids, families, schools and communities. 

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