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16 Ways to Get Involved in Your Child’s Education

“Parental involvement in the classroom is a key factor in improving students’ academic performance,”

(According to an article by These findings are backed by decades of Department of Education research. Working and stay-at-home parents alike are realizing the need to be involved in their child’s education. The challenge is understanding how to do it effectively. And let’s be honest, how to find the time.

Figuring out how to juggle your home life, work and raising your children can be tough. According to the article, there is value in volunteering in the classroom for as little as three hours in a school year. The National Parent-Teacher Association now has a program called Three for Me. “With free online resources, sample forms, promotional fliers and a forum for idea-sharing, Three for Me does a huge part of the time-consuming work for you—all you need to focus on is your child.” Even if you have a demanding job or have too many things going on at home, you can still have a positive influence on your child’s education. If you have more time to give, there are dozens of ways to get involved.

16 Ways to Get Involved in Your Child’s Education

Here are a variety of helpful ideas and quick tips to help you get more involved in your child’s education. Pick and choose which ones work for you and your family. The article by Great Schools reminds parents that, “You can bring a lot to a school in the form of your energy, time, ideas, or donations.”

The following suggestions were curated from Great Schools, and She Knows.

Help Support the Direction of the School

Join key organizations: Get involved in your local PTA or other school council organizations. You can share your ideas and connect with parents and administrators. (Call the school secretary for information.)

Attend important meetings: Whether it is the school board meeting or school committee meetings, attend to get the inside scoop and to offer your help. If you don’t want to overcommit yourself, talk to the organizer about your availability.

Support key fundraising events: Determine how much time you can offer and select which fundraising events you’d most like to be involved in. You can volunteer to help with the planning process or on the day of the event.


Share Your Skills

Volunteer your expertise: Whatever your expertise, offer to help! If you are good with computers or web design, see if the school needs help keeping their website current. If you’re a fantastic chef or artist, see if the teachers need in-class volunteers or demonstrators.

Schedule a workplace tour: If you work in a place where the kids could learn something or that would be a fun field trip, offer a tour to your child’s teacher.

Help with extra-curricular activities: Are you a great public speaker? Help with the speech and debate teams. Are you a writer? Help with the school yearbook! Whatever your skill or hobby, see if you can help with the school clubs, they are always looking for extra hands.


Spruce Up the School Grounds

Organize a cleanup crew: To help keep the school looking fresh and clean, coordinate a group of parents, administrators and teachers who can come together a few times a year.

Keep the school green: If you have a green thumb, put it to work by helping plant trees and do some light landscaping around the school.


Support Education

Be a class reader: For younger kids, volunteer as one of the parents that the teacher can rely on to come in and read to the class.

Help out in labs: Whether it is the computer lab or science lab, you can help with hands-on projects. This will help alleviate the pressure on the teachers.

Volunteer in the library: Libraries always need help with organization, student support, etc. Talk to the librarian and see what they need.

Tutor: You can offer one-on-one support to students who are either struggling or are ahead of the class. Let the teacher know what topics you are comfortable with and your availability.

Take work home: This option is especially great for parents who have limited time or work full-time. Offer to take papers home to grade one night a week (or however often you can).

Be the wheels: Sometimes the thing teachers need the most are parents to drive students to various field trips. If you have the time and a reliable car this is a great way to help.


Show Appreciation

Participate in Teacher Appreciation Week: Organize a brunch or breakfast and help coordinate the event and any optional gifts for teachers.

Get to know the teachers: Taking the time to get to know your children’s teachers and informing them of your availability will make a big difference. Even if you can only help a little, it will mean a lot to them and your kids to know you are supportive.


Do you have any suggestions to add that have worked for you? Comment and share what you are doing to be involved in your kid’s education!

16 Ways to Get Involved in Your Child’s Education


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