7 Ways to Support Your Child’s Education

Education is the cornerstone of childhood development, shaping skills, knowledge and paths to success. As a parent or guardian, you play a vital role in your child’s academic journey, and your support can significantly enhance their experience. Our team is here to help you fulfill this role to the best of your ability.

NOTE: As of Feb. 29, 2024, Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) has rebranded to Landmarks for Families. Our nonprofit, community programs and residential services remain committed to cultivating thriving youth and families in this new chapter.

The Role of Parental Support in Education

From language acquisition to basic life skills, children learn by observing the adults around them. But don’t take it just from us. Studies show that active parental involvement in a child’s education can lead to better academic performance, improved behavior, higher aspirations and lower risk behaviors. As a child’s first and most important teacher, you are integral in fostering their love of learning. 

1. Cultivate a Learning-Friendly Environment

Creating an at-home learning environment can significantly impact your child’s academic success. The simplest way to do this is to set up a designated study space with minimized distractions and encourage a consistent routine. To perfect your child’s at-home “classroom”:

  • Set up and establish a workstation.
  • Create a study supply kit (pencils, rulers, notebooks, chargers, etc.)
  • Ensure a clear background (if online learning) 

2. Show Genuine Interest in Their Studies

Did you know something as simple as expressing genuine interest in your child’s education sends a powerful message of support? The American Psychological Association notes that parental involvement positively correlates with improved academic achievement. To build a positive and supportive relationship with your  student: 

  • Ask about their school day, classes and accomplishments. 
  • Offer guidance in homework assignments (when needed).
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences to stay up to date on their studies.

3. Encourage Curiosity and Exploration

Curiosity-driven learning enhances cognitive development and critical thinking skills. As your child’s most important teacher, you can help foster their love for learning beyond the classroom and in ways that are fun for the whole family, too! These activities are only some that will nurture your child’s natural curiosity:

  • Visit an art or history museum together.
  • Explore the outdoors with a family nature walk.
  • Start a family book club and discuss each chapter.

4. Establish a Healthy Work-Life Balance

According to the Department of Education, extracurricular activities can benefit students by promoting academic achievement, character development, community involvement and social development. Balancing academics and extracurricular activities is crucial for a child’s overall well-being, with many options available to them: 

  • Encourage your child to volunteer in the community.
  • Register your student for school sport that interests them.
  • Explore school clubs and after-school programs.

5. Collaborate with Educators

Maintaining open communication with teachers and school staff is essential. According to the National Parent Teacher Association, collaborating with your child’s school and educators can improve school programs and student outcomes. Support your child beyond their studies by going the extra mile:

  • Regularly check in with your child’s teachers to monitor their academic progress.
  • Participate in school events such as fundraisers and fairs.
  • Become an active member of the PTA.

6. Nurture Emotional and Social Skills

Understanding and managing emotions are key factors for your child’s success in school and life. It is important to ensure your children have strong foundations. Here are some ways you can support their emotional and social growth:

  • Encourage open discussions about feelings and emotions.
  • Promote respectful communication and listening skills.
  • Provide opportunities for social interaction with peers.

7. Support Healthy Lifestyle Habits

A healthy lifestyle is key to a child’s academic success. Supporting your child’s healthy habits, including a balanced diet and regular physical activity, can contribute to improved academic performance. You can help your child build these habits:

  • Encourage a regular sleep schedule.
  • Pack nutritious school lunches and snack options.
  • Discuss the importance of periodic study breaks.

CYDC Is Here For Students and Their Families

Is your student in need of support? With more than 200 years of experience supporting our nation’s youth and families, Carolina Youth Development Center is equipped to lead your child or family through adversity. Whether on-site or in-home, our compassionate team is ready to meet you where you need with the services you need. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and speak with a member of our team.

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