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For Parents

Dropout Prevention

Every year, close to one third of eighteen year olds do not finish high school. The dropout rates for minority students, students from low-income families, and disabled students are even higher. This is not just a problem affecting certain individuals and schools, it is a community-wide problem that affects everyone. High school dropouts commit about 75 percent of crimes in the United States and are much more likely to be on public assistance than those who complete high school. The cost to the public for these crime and welfare benefits is close to $200 billion annually.
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How do salary ranges compare for college- vs. non-college-educated people?

Education is a key factor in obtaining a job that allows one to make a lot of money. The amount of money your child will earn depends largely on their level of education, the career he/she chooses to pursue, and the length of time he/she invests in that career.
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How do I communicate effectively with my child?

Talking frequently with your child is the key to successful parenting. Let your child know that what he/she has to say is important to you; set aside time to listen to him/her daily. In order to build the bond between parent and child, it is important for parents to be aware of the words they use and the messages they communicate silently through body language.
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Ready for Plastic? How to Get Started with a Credit Card

A credit card can be a useful tool for a teen, as long as he or she is closely monitored and taught how to use the card responsibly. Here are some steps to consider before you move ahead:
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What are the non-school-related issues that my child may face?

Adolescence is often described as a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. This time in an adolescent's life is typically marked with increased confusion as he/she begins to change physically, mentally, and socially. Highlighted below are some key factors that may prove challenging for your child during this stage of development, plus tips on how you can help him/her handle these issues:
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How do I help my child make good decisions?

Encourage responsibility and independence in your child. As children get older, parents must continue to give them additional responsibilities. By the time your child reaches middle school, he/she should be able to make good decisions about schoolwork, for example. At this point, it is your child's responsibility to keep track of assignments, homework, and test dates.
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Parents—You Can Help Enrich Your Child's Education

If your child is struggling in school or could use enrichment, you may have considered hiring a private tutor. While tutors can provide wonderful support, hiring one is often expensive, and the time spent with your child is limited. In place of a tutor, supplementing your child's education yourself may be just the solution you're looking for.
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What can I do now to help my child prepare for high school and college?

It is very important to prepare your child for high school and college. The more prepared your child is, the better chance he/she will have to succeed in school. Listed below are some tips that can assist you in getting your child ready for college:
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Why is college important?

Education holds the key to your child's future. Education can help your child reach his/her life goals and dreams. Education will help your child choose what he/she wants in life. Here are 10 key reasons why going to college is important for your child:
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Financial Aid Publications

A resource listing available titles pertaining to financial aid and how to obtain each title.
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Financial Aid Videos

A resource listing available videos pertaining to financial aid and how to obtain each video.
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