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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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. 

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.

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.

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