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“In the end, no program can substitute for a parent.”

Posted by 2thelibrary on 03/19/2009

Since President Barack Obama assumed office two months ago, he’s put forth an ambitious political agenda. High on his list: Improving education and urging parents to do their part.

The $789 billion economic stimulus package includes $115 billion in new education funding, dollars that will be used for things like school renovation, special education and Head Start.

But President Obama is also calling on parents to do what no government program can: “There is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent-teacher conferences or help with the homework or turn off the TV, put away the video games, or read to their child. Responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home,” he told a joint session of Congress last month.

Here are five steps you can take now to heed the president’s call:

1. Read to your child
2. Make time for homework
3. Manage access to media
4. Attend school events
5. Volunteer at school

Find more tips to support your child in school

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