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 “Evidence That Family Involvement Promotes School Success For Every Child of Every Age”

Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education Chicago Child — Parent Centers (CPC): About our Programs  The Child-Parent Centers (CPC) program is an early childhood preschool model that emphasizes aligned education and services in high needs communities, for children from pre-kindergarten through the primary grades. The CPCs are a family centered program, focused on the needs of the students and their families to ensure their success in school and beyond. A hallmark of the CPC program is a collaborative team that includes the head teacher, parent resource teacher and the school community representative that aligns and coordinates services and education for students and their families. Additionally, the CPC program promotes aligned curriculum, intensive family supports and services, parent involvement and engagement, effective learning experiences, and a professional development system for teachers. Eligibility All children must be at least 3 years old by September 1st of a school year.  To enter the program families must apply through the CPS Ready to Learn Process. Contact Information Office of Early Childhood Education 42 West Madison Street Chicago, Illinois 60602 Phone (773) 553-2010

The Incredible Years Program: Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, is the founder of the Incredible Years® Series for Parents, Children, and Teachers. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and nurse practitioner. During her time at University of Washington, Dr. Webster-Stratton was Director of the UW Parenting Clinic. Thirty three years ago she began developing and researching the Incredible Years programs. She has conducted numerous randomized control group studies to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs for promoting social and emotional competence, school readiness skills and preventing conduct problems in high risk populations. She has also evaluated teacher, parent and child treatment programs for children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD. The Incredible Years programs have been delivered in more than twenty four countries. Family Involvement in Elementary School Children’s Education Fast Track:

Families and Schools Together (FAST): Fostering Relationships Among Children, Families, and Schools Families and Schools Together is an award-winning early-intervention programme which brings parents, children, teachers and the wider community together, to make sure children get the support they need to fulfilL their potential at school – and in life.  Family Involvement in Middle and High School Students’ Education Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) is a family-focused program for children and adolescents at risk for behavioral problems and their families: What Is Brief Strategic Family Therapy® and How Does it Work? Brief Strategic Family Therapy™(BSFT®) is an evidence-based, culturally sensitive family intervention which reduces delinquency and drug use in adolescents and strengthens the family unit.  It is a structured, problem-focused, directive, and practical approach to the treatment of conduct problems, associations with antisocial peers, early drug use and the accompanying maladaptive family interactions (relations), and other recognized youth risk factors. It is designated a “Model Program” by many organizations such as SAMHSA, OJJDP, and CSAP.

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Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) is an interactive homework process developed by the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. As part of their homework assignments, students are required to share their work and express their ideas with someone at home.

Think about the best teacher you’ve ever known. List a few words that describe that individual and what made him or her great. If you’re like most people, you’ll notice that teachers rarely stand out because of their subject-matter expertise or because of their many years in the trenches. Knowledge, skills and experience are certainly important — valuable, but not sufficient. True greatness comes down to how the teacher makes you feel. Great teachers see students as unique individuals and create environments where students thrive. Tim Hodges, Ph.D., is Director of Research for Gallup’s Education Practice. Article: Addressing the Teacher Shortage: Advice for School Leaders. Retrieved from the Internet 3/16/2017. by Tim Hodges and Daniela Yu STORY HIGHLIGHTS Schools need to conduct parent surveys or research Schools need to proactively communicate study results to parents Parents who don’t participate in studies twice as likely to be actively disengaged Parents play an essential role in school success and student achievement. Gallup researchers, academic scholars and business practitioners have demonstrated this. A recent Gallup study shows that if parents are fully engaged with their child’s school, 94% are very likely to recommend the school to friends or family members. There’s an increasing demand for schools to understand parents’ needs and expectations and to build trust and gain the support of parents. Retrieved from the Internet 3/16/2017.


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