YOU: Your Child’s First Teacher is a series of three books designed to empower parents to maximize the benefits of their influence. It provides practical steps to help children succeed in school and in life. These steps fall into two main categories, or focus areas: at home and at school. Book 1 breaks the steps down further to help parents of young children understand how they can contribute to health and well-being, promote playing to learn, and foster language and reading skills from an early age. Throughout the entire series, parents are shown how what they do supports the Common Core State Standards and general school readiness skills.
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Through the Early Years
The early years are a critical time in a child’s development. Close, nurturing relationships are the most powerful asset a child can have—more important than both genetics and economics. Book 1 gives parents the tools to build the foundation for school success through social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Through Elementary and Middle School
Parents share responsibility for their child’s success with teachers and school staff. Book 2 provides simple overviews of school types, school structures, and national curriculum so parents can be knowledgeable without being overwhelmed. Parents are then given tools to guide their child’s success at home and at school.
Through High School and Beyond
Preparing for high school graduation starts as early as freshman registration. Teens are becoming more independent and parental roles are shifting throughout high school. The more support and guidance teens have, the better chances they have to excel in school and in the future, whatever it may hold.
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YOU: Your Child’s First Teacher workshops guide and instruct attendees on how to create the lasting partnerships between parents and schools that help children succeed. All workshops are provided in both English and Spanish.
Parent workshops help parents get the most out of the tools and strategies provided in the program. Parents are given the opportunity to engage face-to-face with program and education specialists where they are encouraged to ask questions, share experiences, and take the first steps to becoming active partners in their child’s education.
Train the Trainer
Training workshops walk educators and community workers through the materials and discuss best practices for engaging parents and creating a community that promotes success for all students.