Your Role in Your Child’s Education
Across America, experts know that parents cannot do everything for their kids. Successful teaching begins with the foundation of good instruction, but for some students this may not happen until high school.
As a result, many parents must take a closer look at their children’s schooling, and many parents in low-income families are better-positioned to do so thanks to a growing network of high-quality K-12 tutoring and advisory services dedicated to providing education assistance to low-income families.
These services enhance the quality of a child’s education, but, more importantly, help parents have a vital part in that growth. Good tutoring can keep out-of-school grades low, make it easier for kids to learn at home, and provide resources for parents to improve their skills.
Some services also help parents improve their language skills to help their children, and such resources can help parents retain their identities, define their identities and identities with their children, and help their children define theirs.
This article discusses several ways that you can support your children’s learning and build a strong relationship with your child’s teacher. Ask questions. When your child asks you for help, answer them as questions and not with rules or commands. Do not make a rule about after-school activities or after-school meals or keeping good grades. If you want to be disciplinarian, know that children learn better and learn faster when they learn what you are teaching through asking questions and being a team player. Enroll your child in a tutoring service. You may have to pay for the service, but by doing so you will get the benefits of quality coaching, mentoring, and instruction, as well as a teacher who is committed to helping you and your child. Tutoring centers generally can deliver services throughout the school year. Parents get the needed support that you can’t get at home. Special instructors, teachers, and consultants will work with your child to help him or her in their schoolwork. Through tutoring, your child can receive feedback and build relationships with tutors and teachers that will likely last long beyond the school year. As important, your child will learn new strategies and learned life skills that will help him or her continue to thrive and succeed in school. For example, the data from the National Survey of Children’s Learning demonstrate that tutoring significantly increases test scores. During our experience with tutoring centers, which began in the summer of 2008, these centers helped students improve their scores on the Early Assessment of Limited English Proficiency (eALP), known as the Gold Standard, which is the most comprehensive, unbiased national reading assessment.
Parents who want to help their children’s reading skills should consider enrolling their child in a low-income tutoring center. Most of the centers are based at or near the school. As a matter of fact, 60 percent of student tutors at educational services are middle school students.
These centers are open year-round. However, child tutors often work for only several hours a week, so after-school tutoring options are important. Tutoring centers can provide an essential after-school program for struggling students, and can help children’s learning progress over time. Many tutoring centers also have child care services, including nurse care. You should also make sure the tutoring center offers things your child can use, such as reading books and keeping journals, as well as essential enrichment activities, such as crafts and sports.
While many of these centers offer tutoring at no cost to families, others are designated to provide services exclusively to low-income families. As a parent, you may find that a low-income tutoring center may be more affordable than other options, but you should be aware that you could pay for the center’s services with help from public assistance funds. That said, if a low-income center is the only one your child can find, and you are not receiving public assistance, you have a better chance of getting support.