United Way News
Did you know that students whose parents are involved in their education show higher test scores, increased graduation rates, and decreased use of drugs and alcohol? Do you want to learn parenting best practices while connecting with your children’s teachers and other families in your community?
Nearly half the children entering Kindergarten lack the early reading skills needed for school success, according to The Condition of Education 2000‐2010 published by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the 2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, at the end of third grade just 62% of Weld County students scored proficiently or higher on the reading CSAP, and only 47% scored proficiently or higher on the writing CSAP.
Parent Education Symposiums provide an opportunity for families to enjoy an evening of fun and food at their local elementary school, while learning helpful parenting tips, early childhood development principles, and school readiness skills for families.
Parent Education Symposiums can be hosted at any sponsoring organization including schools and businesses. United Way of Weld County works with the organization to plan and provide logistical coordination. Organizations just have to recruit volunteers and invite families.
At each Parent Education Symposium, parents are given a survey with questions regarding what they learned, which booth was their favorite, what was the most important thing they heard, and what future topics would be of interest to them. These surveys guide the way future events are offered. Over 500 parents and children are impacted by each event.
Goal 1: Parents/caregivers are more aware of childhood learning styles and the importance of reading.
Goal 2: Parents/caregivers are provided skills and resources for teaching/engaging in reading at home.
Goal 3: Households are connected to community-wide resources and other families.