Family and parents are critical for the healthy development of their children; happy, healthy children have a positive impact on the climate of the school, resulting in improvement in academic outcomes.


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Offers parents guidance on helping their children after a tornado. This fact sheet describes common reactions children may have, how parents can help them, and self-care tips after a disaster.

Handbook on Family and Community Engagement cover page

Provides educators, community leaders, and parents with a survey of the best research and practice related to engaging families and communities in students’ learning and academic, social, and emotional development. Includes chapters on aspirations and expectations, self-efficacy, homework and study habits, engaging families in reading, reading and literacy, college and career readiness, partnerships, and more.

Helping Your Child Feel Connected to School: Information for Parents and Families cover page

Reviews the importance of school connectedness to student health and behavioral outcomes and suggests actions parents and families can take to increase their child's connectedness to school. includes fourteen action steps that parents can take along with a list of additional resources.

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for Parents and Educators cover page

Helps parents and teachers recognize and address problems in children and teens affected by trauma after an act of violence; describes signs of stress reactions that are common in young trauma survivors at different ages, and offers tips on how to help.

Growing up Drug-Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention cover page

Provides a user-friendly guide for what to do and how to communicate about the harmful effects of illicit drugs and alcohol to children from elementary through high school. Organized in 6 major sections: 1) What You Should Know 2) What Substances Do Children, Youth, and Young Adults Use? 3) Why Do Children, Youth, and Young Adults Use Drugs? 4) How Do I Talk to My Child About Drugs? 5) What If I Think My Child is Using Drugs? 6) Resources. 

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