Parents, teachers learn to work as team in early education

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than 300 educators and parents from around Pennsylvania gathered in Harrisburg on Wednesday for the 2016 Family Engagement Conference.

They focused on learning about ways educators and parents can partner up to help children become more successful in school.

Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning has these tips for parents to help their children succeed in school:

  • First and foremost, build relationships with your child’s teachers
  • Team up with another parent for support
  • Keep the learning going on outside the classroom by playing games with children at home or at the grocery store
  • Use state resources like
  • Be a family leader, have a voice in your school PTA meetings
  • Read to your child every day

OCDEL’s Marjorie Anderson says the grocery store is a great place for kids to learn.

“Talk about red apples and green apples, talk about colors, numbers, there are prices on everything. They can talk about where food comes from, so there is science there, too,” she said.

And when it comes to reading:

“It increases their vocabulary, it helps develop new vocabulary, and it helps develop the relationship between the parent and child together,” she said.

What does family engagement mean?

“At the core of family engagement, we’re talking about all the intentional acts and actions that we do to support families, to support their child’s learning and development,” Sarah Holland said.

Organizers said if parents take one thing away from the conference, the most important tip is to build relationships with your child’s teacher so you can work as a team to better the student.

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