To be, or to be more? It’s an easy question to answer. We all want more for our children, for our families, for our communities, and for our nation. The more difficult question to answer is how can we achieve it?
We all face challenges in helping our children succeed. NCFL believes that all parents—regardless of socioeconomic or education level—can help their children succeed in school and in life. As a nation, we need to make the most of the time parents have with our children, with the 7,800 hours children spend out of school each year (compared to 900 hours in school). The family unit—no matter the composition—is the one constant across the educational spectrum.
Statistics tell us the challenge is daunting but also confirm the tremendous opportunity all parents have when we engage in education. America ranks 16 out of 23 for literacy, 21 out of 23 in math, and 17 out of 19 in problem solving. The real solutions to this situation start with the family. Studies show parental involvement is a more significant factor in children’s academic performance than the qualities of their school, and a single year of parental education has a greater impact on the likelihood of a son or daughter attending a post-secondary institution than does $50,000 in parental income.
NCFL provides support and strategies to a network of entities involved in families learning together, including educators, schools, community-based organizations, and libraries. Our efforts support learners of all ages in these environments in concert with our advocates and partners.
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