Making the Connection Between Home and School!

Contigo Presentation

The Contigo program strives to close the gap between home and school by guiding youth and their families through the many challenges they face as they transition to different schools throughout their education. Families are not all structured the same, with many being single parent households and from various cultural & socio-economic backgrounds. Regardless of the family background, it is important to set the stage for success in a child’s educational life. In effort to offer families support in this area, the Contigo Parent Leadership Committee along with staff, decided to offer a community workshop on November 7th that highlighted the healthy habits needed to be established at home to support a child’s education.

Parents learned that without healthy and consistent habits at home, their children will be more likely to struggle in the classroom, which would ultimately affect the overall learning environment not only for themselves, but for others in the classroom.

The California Department of Education research shows that there was an increase in high school drop-outs from 7.9% in 2010 to 11.5% in 2011. According to Ignite Learning, 45% of high school drop-outs share that they were not well prepared in elementary or middle school. This tells us that as parents and guardians, we need to make sure that we are doing everything we can to make sure our chidren are prepared when they leave home and are ready to begin their school day.

Parents had the opportunity to ask questions, and were able to share challenges they face in their efforts to guarantee that their child is prepared to go to school on a regular basis. This topic is part of the “Creciendo Familias Sanas” parenting series that the Contigo program staff offers throughout the year.

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