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Research consistently shows that parent involvement increases student achievement and self esteem. Children achieve higher grades and test scores, have better attendance at school, complete more homework, and demonstrate more positive attitudes and behaviors when families are positively involved in their education.

The goal of Parent Involvement is to help parents and family caregivers strengthen their parenting skills. Parents are the first teachers to their child and play an integral role in their development. Increased parenting skills are needed as children progress through stages of development.

Parents and community organizations working together can have a powerful impact on student achievement. When schools truly embrace regular, two-way meaningful communication and build the capacity of parents to support their child’s learning, students receive an extra boost that leads to success. We know, however, the time and effort it takes to make this happen. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with up-to-date, effective, practical information, resources and practices that you can put in place tomorrow at your school. We at the Orange County Department of Education realize how busy you are as you begin the new school year and it is our goal to do everything we can to help support you as you work with parents and the community to make sure every child in Orange County receives a world class education. When we all work together to make this happen, our children win.—Bill Habermehl, Orange County Superintendent of Schools


    • Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Manual
      Ask your PTA president if your school has a copy or if your council has a copy. The PEP manual comes in a blue binder and there is also a Spanish version that comes in a green binder. The PEP manual is full of information about getting involved with your school and helping your child be successful.Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) supports PTA’s leadership role in parent education. It is a resource that assist PTA leaders in carrying out an effective parent education and involvement program and it is a catalyst to help PTA leaders to develop their own creative thoughts and ideas to bring about parent involvement. It is full of ideas that your PTA can bring together to help their members see how important it is to be involved in their child’s education. The manual is in two parts. The chapters in the first part focus on school-related issues and the chapters in the second part concentrate on basic concerns parents have in raising their children. There is information dealing with early childhood all the way to teens. The chapter on Parents -Teen relationships is very informative in helping you understand the importance of staying involved in your teen’s life.This is available for purchase through the California State PTA.
    • Parenting Education Grants
      Grants are available annually from the California State PTA for use by PTA districts, councils, or units to develop and implement parent education programs or projects. (click link above for information).

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