While high-quality teaching in preschool and the early grades is essential, parents can also play a vital role in helping children acquire foundational competencies--including language, literacy, early math, and social-emotional skills-- that fuel school success. Given the evidence that parent involvement holds significant benefits for children, efforts to promote effective parent engagement should be viewed as an indispensable part of state policies that promote children's school readiness and academic success.
Smith, S., Robbins, T., Stagman, S. & Mathur, D. (2013). Parent engagement from preschool through grade 3. New York: National Center for Children in Poverty.
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