We know that when families and neighborhoods engage in education, our kids are better prepared for school, have higher academic achievement, better social skills and increased likelihood of high school graduation. Family engagement is a shared responsibility among schools and community organizations and it’s continuous through a child’s life – from birth to adulthood. The most effective family engagement spans across and reinforces learning in multiple settings where children learn, not just in school.
The earlier in a child's educational process parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effect. Families are critically important in the early stages of a child's life, especially in their roles to:
Understand they are their child's first teacher, nurturing and stimulating their child's development
Provide safe and financially stable homes
Build wellness awareness including nutrition and exercise, and
Access information on how to advocate for their child’s learning and development.
Today, Metro United Way works in low-income neighborhoods with parents and caregivers to build support networks of participants that share a passion for children and learning.
Led by a volunteer "parent advocate" neighborhood groups engage families through a variety of activities together designed to provide consistent interaction, learning opportunities, family-centered events and more.
By enrolling in the ASQ program and completing the series of questionnaires, parents help their children learn and grow as much as possible during the crucial early years, and also give them a boost that will make a difference from kindergarten to career.
COMPLETE THE AGES & STAGES QUESTIONNAIRES
This program offers confidential support and resources to help improve outcomes, especially for children who may be behind. It's quick, easy and free to gain access to these through Metro United Way.