The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3 to 8 is a new report by a number of researchers, including Joyce Epstein.
Here’s how they describe it:
This report summarizes research conducted primarily over the past 10 years on how families’ involvement in children’s learning and development through activities at home and at school affects the literacy, mathematics, and social-emotional skills of children ages 3 to 8. A total of 95 studies of family involvement are reviewed. These include both descriptive, nonintervention studies of the actions families take at home and at school and intervention studies of practices that guide families to conduct activities that strengthen young children’s literacy and math learning. The family involvement research studies are divided into four categories:
Learning activities at home, including those that parents engage in to promote their child’s literacy and/or math skills outside school
Family involvement at school, including the actions and interactions that families have while in the school building
School outreach to engage families, including the strategies that schools and teachers use to engage families and make them feel welcome
Supportive parenting activities, including the nature and quality of the parent-child relationship and home environment, rule-setting, and caring behaviors