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Family Involvement Research

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Family involvement in a child’s education helps a child understand that learning and literacy are important. Children love sharing their excitement about learning with the adults closest to them.

Research also suggests that children whose parents are involved in their school show greater progress in learning early literacy skills than do children whose families are not as involved (Nye, 2006). This connection seems strongest for children at highest risk for experiencing difficulty in school (Dearing, Kreider, Simpkins, & Weiss, 2007).

Families can be involved by:

  • Communicating through conversation, notes, newsletters, journals
  • Participating in classroom activities
  • Participating with the teacher in home visits and regular conferences
  • Reading aloud to the child daily at home
  • Engaging in learning activities with their child at home
  • Joining in parent-child conversations
  • Participating in school-sponsored family workshops on literacy and parenting skills
The Literacy Connection

Project Enlightenment • Wake County Public School System • Raleigh, North Carolina
The Literacy Connection program was initiated by an Early Reading First Grant funded
by the US Department of Education.

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The contents of this presentation were developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education;
however, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education
nor endorsement by the Federal Government. Published 2007.

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