Why is a Family Education Plan Important?

Parents have dreams of their children growing up confident and competent. They see their child as a happy, safe, and successful student at every level of learning.

What a happy dream!

Dreams, however, will remain dreams unless something puts them into action. The Family Education Plan (FEP) is an intentional effort on the part of parents to provide positive home conditions that support children as students at all grade levels.

There is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success. When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, help them plan for college, and make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive; their children do better in school and that includes pre-school as well.

"In one school year children spend 7,500 hours at home and only 900 hours in school. Between birth and age 19, children spend just 9% of their lives in school and 91% of their lives elsewhere. What parents do with their children when they are not in school has a powerful effect on learning."

Parent involvement in a child's education from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood.  It is that powerful!

A Family Education Plan generates a connective link from home to school and from school to the community.


The most adequate predictor of student success in school is not family income or social status but the extent to which a student's family is involved.

~Henderson and Berta, A New Wave of Evidence

 

Reading to a child in the preschool years has a ripple effect that positively impacts the child, the family, the schools and society as a whole through increased economic development, reduced special education, and reduced criminal justice cost.

~Closing the Achievement Gap in American Business

 

"For every year you read with your child, average lifetime earnings increase by $50,000. You make a $250,000 gift to your child from birth to age five. The gift you give is essential for success in school and in life."

~National Children's Reading Foundation