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” in both English and Spanish, including:
- Grade-by-grade learning goal breakdowns, which parents rated as the most helpful resource to support their child’s success, with 66% stating this would be extremely or very helpful.
- Tools for assessing and promoting social-emotional wellness (48% of parents worry about this topic), including tips for effectively communicating with teachers (63% of parents communicate with their child’s teachers at least once a month).
- Resources for preparing for and paying for college, as:
- 38% of parents worry about their child having the knowledge and skills needed to be ready for college, including 58% of Hispanic, 33% of African-American and 31% of white parents; and
- 53% of parents worry about their ability to pay for college, including 70% of Hispanic, 52% of African-American and 47% of white parents.
“Parents are deeply engaged in helping their child be successful, and that looks different for every child. Parents shouldn’t feel like they are on a wild goose chase when searching for the right resources and help for their child’s educational success,” said Bibb Hubbard, founder, and president of Learning Heroes. “As K-8 parents learn how to put their child on the path to success in college, the Readiness Roadmap makes that job easier by quickly connecting them to top notch tools and resources.”
“As parents, we want the best for our children and want to support their learning and achievement. During this important transition to higher standards and aligned tests, many of us don’t feel adequately informed to navigate our children’s educational journey,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of National PTA. “These new resources from Learning Heroes will ensure that every parent has what they need to make certain their child has every opportunity for success.” Parents can go to Be A Learning Hero to learn more and sign up to receive regular updates with tools, tips, and resources.