Promoting Positive Parenting

Promoting Positive Parenting

This module focuses on supporting families with parenting their children and establishing home environments that support children as learners. It also emphasizes the need for schools to increase an understanding of families through the use of strategies that promote an exchange of information between educators, parents, and other caregivers about their concerns and goals for their children.

Effective PracticesQuick Tips / Effective Practices

Support for families to build on their parenting strengths and needs in order to support children as learners in early childhood through high school is reflected in the practices listed below. Click on the self-assessment and resources/recursos for tools and additional practices in each module.

  • Develop an understanding of family backgrounds, cultures, concerns, goals, needs, and views of children to make more positive connections with families.
  • Provide information to families about support services and resources in their communities.
  • Schedule a school program or event with presentations by professional personnel or local parent educators to help parents learn more about developmentally appropriate parenting issues.
    Provide childcare and transportation to encourage participation.
  • Develop and disseminate kits or lending library materials built around games, storytelling, conversation starters and other topics for parents to interact with their children.
  • Provide support for families during transition points to preschool, elementary, middle and high school. Plan meetings to help families better understand schools and to help schools better understand families.
  • Establish policies that recognize and respect families’ cultural and linguistic diversity. Focus on building trusting and collaborative relationships among educators, families and communities.
  • Establish a family center that provides a comfortable and welcoming space for families, students, school staff, and community members to meet, find useful information, attend workshops on relevant topics of interest to families, participate in adult education and to volunteer.
    Keep in mind that family centers are just as important in middle and high school as they are in elementary schools. At all levels family centers are a place to gathering place where students and families can drop in to get advice, find useful information, and borrow materials.
  • Engage in the professional development opportunities throughout this module including a self-assessment, effective practices, research, resources in English and Spanish, videos and links to NM Teacher Competencies.