Benefits for the Children

  • Children tend to achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents' education level.
  • Children generally achieve better grades, test scores, and attendance.
  • Children consistently complete their homework.
  • Children have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school.
  • Children's positive attitude about school often results in improved behavior in school and less suspension for disciplinary reasons.
  • Fewer children are placed in special education and remedial classes.
  • Children from diverse cultural backgrounds tend to do better when parents and professionals work together to bridge the gap between the culture at home and the culture in school.
  • When families are involved at school, the children tend to have greater parent-child interactions, positively affecting their behavior and attitude towards school, and building stronger ties between the families and the school.
  • Junior high and high school students whose parents remain involved usually make better transitions, are less likely to drop out of school, and more likely to enroll in post-secondary education

When low-income parents are involved in their child's preschool program, students at age 19 are:

  • 40 percent MORE likely to graduate from high school
  • 35 percent MORE likely to be employed
  • 55 percent LESS likely to be on welfare
  • 40 percent LESS likely to have been arrested