When schools and families work together, children have a higher chance for success, not just in school, but also throughout life (Henderson & Berla, 1996, p. 1). The patterns for success begin in early childhood and include:
- Higher grades and assessment scores
- Better attendance
- Fewer placements in special education
- More positive attitudes and behavior
- Greater enrollment in postsecondary education
These benefits parallel with the kind of results reported for high-quality early childhood programs. The development of attitudes, values, and lifelong habits begins with the partnership between the early childhood educator and the families of your children.