This October, Indiana parents, grandparents, guardians, and other adults who care for children and their futures are taking a stand to improve the schools in their neighborhoods and communities through the Take A Stand Indy campaign.
Parents are taking the pledge to do five important things to help their children succeed. If you’re from Indiana, you can take the pledge too!
Here’s what the Take a Stand Indy pledge is all about:
- Ensure your child attends school every day: Chronic absenteeism is a dependable predictor of student failure and students who miss more than 20 days of school per year have less than a 1-in-5 chance of graduating from high school. So getting your kid out the door and on the way to school every day is a great first-step to lifelong success!
- Create morning and evening routines: Sticking to consistent homework schedules, bedtimes and mealtimes sets a standard for your kids, and that predictability can ultimately lead to winning outcomes for students in the classroom.
- Talk with your child about his or her day: Taking a few moments each day to talk with your kid is another simple step you can take to help them succeed. This type of engagement allows you to help your child navigate issues they're encountering at school.
- Ensure your child reads 20 minutes each day: The Children's Reading Foundation reports that reading to or with your child for just 20 minutes each day, from birth through elementary school, greatly increases the chance of your kid becoming a proficient reader by the third grade. Other positive benefits of reading include ease in learning the alphabet; a better understanding of different sounds; and the development of a vast oral and listening vocabulary.
- Connect with your child’s teacher at least twice a year: Attending every parent-teacher conference will help you to reinforce at home what your child is learning at school throughout the year. Your child’s teacher is your best teammate, so keep those lines of communication open!
Meet real parents from Indiana and hear why they've already signed up to #TakeAStandIndy