Parental engagement is a commitment between parents, students, Pre-Primary School staff and the community at large. Parental engagement is more meaningful as it opens the doors to gainful communication and understanding. The school values the parents spending their time to share their views and ideas so that both participants reap the benefits. Parents are resourceful partners that help the school to move forward together in developing creative ideas and making a positive impact on the children and community.
As a hands on administrator of a private school, I recognize that our parents make conscious decisions to have their children enroll with us after visiting other schools because our parental engagement is activated at the very first meeting. We listen and know that parents have vision and goals for their children. As parents partner with staff, they become part of the solution. They gain access to the keys that will help us all achieve our united goals. In fact, parental engagement is no longer an option, it’s a necessity for success.
I close with an even more important question, Are you engaged in the process or are you merely involved?
Parents must become part of the team. Parents are an asset and resource. Their input should never be limited to parenting at home. We must see our children as future change makers in the making. It’s our collective opportunity and honor to mold these individuals for the betterment of society at large. Parental engagement is not an option. It’s a necessity.
Parent engagement refers to all activities that mother and father do to help their children succeed in college and existence. 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 PreSchool to learn.
When mother and father are engaged, they have greater self belief within the Preschool and keep higher expectations and reviews of the academics.
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.