Parent involvement helps expand teaching outside the classroom, creates a more positive experience for children, and helps children perform better when they are in school. It is essential that parents also support the learning that occurs in preschool environments at home. Parent involvement motivates children to learn, leading to higher grades. On the contrary, studies show that parents who do not participate or who disagree with teachers can negatively affect a child's behavior.
Parent involvement describes the commitment and active participation of a parent or caregiver with school and children. In addition to promoting student success, parental involvement in children's education is beneficial to teachers and parents. Their advice will prepare teachers and parents to work together for the good of education for all children. HIPPY, or Home Instruction for Parents of Preschoolers, empowers parents as their children's first and most important teachers.
But how is parental involvement in schools? How can parents who are already juggling so many responsibilities find time to invest in their children's education? Many parents mistakenly believe that their children's education is entirely in the hands of teachers, but research strongly supports arguments in favor of parental involvement. Research by the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education reveals that “regardless of income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to get higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show better behavior, and adapt well to school. Parents and teachers can share a little bit about themselves, and parents can ask questions and give feedback. Not only does this encourage children to learn basic social skills, but parents also have the opportunity to meet other parents, especially first-time mothers, and those coming to the country for the first time.
The results show that students with intensely involved parents score higher in all subjects compared to children with parents who do not participate. While parental involvement is beneficial to the child, some parents may take time to recognize it.