Parents and teachers working together

Carolyn Webster-Stratton and Tracey Bywater explain the importance of the home learning environment, and how schools and parents can work together to promote social and emotional growth and school achievement

There is convincing evidence that children’s early home experiences contribute to school readiness. Children who grow up in homes with a nurturing, language-rich environment and positive parent–child interactions show more social competence, emotional literacy, conflict management skills, language development, and school readiness. Once children start school, positive parent–teacher relationships that support parental involvement in children’s learning have further effects in promoting children’s school engagement and academic achievement.

What we know
● The home environment, particularly parenting practices, impacts child social, emotional, and language development, and their academic readiness.
● Child social and emotional competence and behavior affects academic achievement.
● Incredible Years® (IY) parent programs:
- Are effective in enhancing child social and emotional well-being and reducing conduct problems;
- Are cost-effective;
- A re transportable, that is, have been shown to work across many countries worldwide including the US, UK, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland, and beyond; and
- Can be delivered as part of a multi-modal system alongside the teacher and child IY programs for added child benefit.
● Additional research is needed to further explore the specific impact of IY parent programs on academic attainment.

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Published

May 2014