Perspectives: “Effective Practices” and “Parents’ Day”

Parents’ Day

Parents’ Day is July 24.  Parents’ Day was established in 1994 to celebrate and recognize the important role of responsible parenting in every day family life.  President Bill Clinton signed a congressional resolution to commemorate Parents’ Day in an effort to promote family commitment and parental responsibilities. Families are a fundamental human institution; they are bonded by unconditional love and commitment.

Embrace Diversity! Engage Families! Celebrate Parents!


Home Visits

At a recent gathering of parent advocacy groups and organizations, the guest speaker, U. S. Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri), an advocate for enabling parents to be their children’s best first teachers, shared a touching story that revealed the benefits of an effective practice, home visitingParents as Teachers parent educators are trained to build strong interpersonal relationships as they work with parents on parent-child interaction, childhood development and family well-being. They’ve learned that actively listening, observing, asking probing questions, and then acting on the information obtained are crucial components for engaging parents in raising healthy, happy children.

The story was about a Parent as Teachers parent educator who, during a home visit, posed a simple but compelling question. After several home visits, the parent educator had the opportunity to closely observe the family. Being in a home setting allowed the parent educator to build a relationship of trust and learn the dynamics of the family, and, ultimately recognize certain things in the child that may have gone undetected for years.  But it was a trained eye that caught the problem.  The parent educator on one such visit asked, “When did your son stop looking directly at you?”  The answer was eye opening.  The mother and father said that he had never really done so.

The family and the parent educator discussed the child being evaluated.  Upon further diagnosis their son was found to have autism spectrum disorder.

Today, years later, the mother helps other families dealing with autism.

Sen. Blunt’s story emphasizes the effectiveness of professionally trained parent educators interacting with families through personal home visits.

Partnering with parents to support their child’s learning and development in the comfort of the family home allows time to develop relationships, detect possible learning challenges, and provide meaningful guidance and support. Parent as Teachers is an organization that promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.

For more information on Parents as Teachers go to

For tips on observing your child, click here.

Calls for Equity: Students of Color with Disabilities

ED Calls for Equity for Students of Color with Disabilities

In order to address data that show children of color with disabilities are more likely to be educated in settings outside of the general classroom, and more likely to be removed from the classroom for discipline reasons, ED issued a proposed new rule to address the disparities that exist. Acting Secretary King said, “This effort is not about reducing the number of children who are identified as having a disability. It’s a matter of making sure the right services are getting to the right children in the right way … [this is ] something we can and must fix. And we can do it with this proposed rule.” Comments can be made to the Federal Register notice until May 16.

What Keeps Parents Up At Night


A national poll released April 21 reveals public school parents’ perspectives on their children’s academic, emotional and physical well-being, and identifies a disconnect between views on students’ performance in school and the national data.

The study—“Parents 2016: Hearts and Minds of Public School Parents in an Uncertain World”— which polled more than 1,300 parents with children in grades K-8, was conducted by Hart Research and commissioned by Learning Heroes, in collaboration with Univision Communications Inc.; in partnership with National PTA, National Urban League, NCLR and UNCF; and with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. The findings show parents’ high expectations and deep engagement in their children’s development, and unearth areas where parents most need support.

Major Findings:

· Parents are united in their belief in the importance of college.

· Parents believe their children are on-track academically, despite national data.

· Parents believe specific resources will be most helpful in preparing their child   for success.

To provide parents with the tools they need to guide their children in their education journey, and in response to the study findings, Learning Heroes, National PTA and Univision Communications Inc. released a “Readiness Roadmap” available at in both English and Spanish.

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What Color Makes Your Heart Sing?



                           What Color Are You?


Colors hold a variety of meanings – from the world of psychology, to yogic traditions and pop culture. The colors that you wear and see have been found to have an effect on how you feel, and how you see the world. For example, did you know that the color blue lowers blood pressure and enhances relaxation? Or that wearing yellow can put people around you at ease? Colors are also associated with personality traits, and knowing your perfect hue can help you tap into your strengths.


This quiz draws on all of these sources of research or knowledge, to determine which color is the best fit for you. Once you’ve found out your color, try wearing it and see how you feel, or place colored objects in visible places around your home or office.




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