"A film investigating a range of examples of good practice in parental involvement in the London Borough of Hackneys Early Years and Sure Start programmes." - Marie Lenclos

​"Relationship building and ongoing communication enable teachers and families to develop a partnership that helps children succeed. Listen to one mother share how regular communication with her teacher changed how she supports and guides her child."

- Flamboyan Foundation

*Processed: The systemic processing of African American children with negative images from birth to the grave.

1. Don’t tell your child’s teacher how intelligent and gifted your child is. If the child is truly gifted, it will show in the child’s work and classroom participation.

2. Check your child’s backpack daily. If you do your homework each day and check out your child’s carry home bag, your child will do their homework too and you will be kept abreast of upcoming school activities.

3. Don’t use social or athletic activities as a reason for your child to skip homework. If you take time off from work to play, you pay a price. The same should hold true for your child – homework should be done no matter what else is going on.

4. Don’t argue for a better grade for your child with the teacher. Instead, find out why your child was given the grade he/she got.

5. Don’t tell the teacher how well your child did last year. The teacher has school records at his/her disposal and your child will show what they are capable of through class participation and homework that is done.

6. Don’t berate the teacher for telling you that your child has a problem. Instead, discuss possible solutions to the problem.

7. Don’t interrupt the teacher when he/she is teaching. It is rude and sets a poor example for your child as well as the rest of the kids in the classroom.

8. Don’t argue with the teacher in the presence of your child or any other children. Excuse yourself and the teacher from the room if children are present when you go to the classroom to have a discussion with the teacher and a disagreement ensues.

By M. Renee Edwards

Your choice of preschool should be suited to your child's stage of development and personality rather than parent's aspirations for their child's future."

The following are some suggestions that may help you prepare your child for preschool:

​Take your child with you when you visit the school. Visit on a day when school is in, so that your child will have the opportunity to see what the school has to offer and a chance to meet the teacher.

Ease your child into the change of routine. You can start simply – for example, by changing your child’s bedtime -- gradually easing the child into spending less time with you and more time playing on their own or with others. You may also want to begin laying out clothing the night before to get them in the habit of doing so.

​Use a calendar to highlight school days and activities. Let your child see that his/her schedule is just as important as yours by allowing him/her to see your schedule, then highlighting school days and activities on a calendar designated as their own.

Talk to your child about what the school offers. Discuss with the school the general makeup of a typical day, then offer details about the school’s curriculum to your child – i.e., finger painting, playing outdoors with others, singing, looking at books, snacks and naps.

Familiarize the child with any new equipment they’ll be responsible for once they go to school. For instance, if your child takes lunch, let them choose the lunchbox (or lunch bag) that they’ll use and talk to them about the importance of bringing it home each day. Do the same for a backpack, sweater or jacket, etc.

​To help your child be more comfortable on the first day, get a few phone numbers of future classmates and set up some dates for the children to meet and play together before the start of school.

"Again, make your preschool decision based on the needs of your child, rather than your desires for their education – they’ll have plenty of time to get into the educational swing of things once they hit kindergarten."