Parent engagement refers to all activities that parents do to help their children succeed in school and life. It includes everything from making sure they are prepared to go to school every day to attending parent meetings and conferences, to volunteering their time and talents to the school and their child’s classroom and to the importance and value of they place on education.
Parent engagement is vital to student success. Parents are a child’s first teacher and parents are partners with teachers in the education of their children.
When parents are engaged, students receive higher grades and test scores and therefore have a better chance of graduating from high school and going on to post-secondary education.
When parents are engaged, students have better attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, and fewer behavioral issues so they are actually present in school to learn.
When parents are engaged, they have more confidence in the school and hold higher expectations and opinions of the teachers.
When parents are engaged, they feel more confident in their abilities and are more likely to continue their own education.
When parents are engaged, teachers feel better about themselves and their job; this translates into higher student achievement. When teachers feel supported and valued by the parents their morale improves.
When parents invest in a relationship with their children's school, the school has a better reputation in the community which increases the interest and involvement of community stakeholders.