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Parents are First Teachers

ImageSchools, communities and families all share the common goal of wanting children to succeed in school. Being a competent reader by third grade is one key indicator of children’s academic success. Children who do well in the early grades of elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school and to go on to be successful in life.

How can we increase the likelihood that children will do well in elementary school? Research shows that school readiness predicts later school achievement. Therefore, we should provide positive experiences for children, starting at birth or earlier, that maximize school readiness.

Since education begins at home and parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers, supporting and educating parents is a logical strategy. Parents who are involved in their children’s early care and education have children who are better prepared for school. The Parents: First Teachers  Program is one key way to ensure that children enter school ready to learn.

Parents: First Teachers aims to:

•Increase children’s school readiness and school success

•Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practice

•Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues

•Prevent child abuse and neglect

Program Benefits

 •The program has been independently evaluated and the results have consistently indicated that it benefits parents, children, schools and the wider community

•Children are significantly more advanced in language, problem solving and social skills and are therefore more prepared for the start of school

•Children score more highly in early school tests in math and literacy

•Children with learning difficulties are identified earlier

•Parents have greater self-esteem and confidence in their relationship with their child

•Parents have a more positive attitude towards their child’s schooling

•There is a reduction in the likelihood of child abuse and neglect

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