As a parent, you’re in a powerful position to help your child both improve their grades and increase their love of learning. But parents, too, need help figuring out the best way to set their children up for success in school—especially when a child’s learning style is different than their own. Not everyone learns the same way and at the same pace, and even children who are eager to learn can become discouraged when they feel like they’re not keeping up with their classmates.

By getting your child extra help—through tutoring, mentoring, personalized education plans and online learning resources—you can help your child improve their academic performance. And when you talk to your child about what they are working on in school, you show them that school matters and that they can count on you to support them through any academic struggles.

Want to find out if your child is eligible for free tutoring? Wondering about having your child evaluated for a learning challenge? Need help learning how to advocate for your child at school? Below, you’ll find resources and tools to help you guide your child toward academic success, both in and out of school.

  • National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

    This comprehensive document helps parents understand what to expect for their child and from their child’s teachers as early as Kindergarten. It includes an overview of grade-by-grade academic expectations as well as tips and advice on how to talk to your child’s teachers and help your child learn at home.

  • Department of Education’s Supplemental Educational Services

    Your child may be eligible for free tutoring or academic enrichment. This brochure explains what those services are, how you can access them, and where to go in your school district for more help.

    When choosing a tutor for your child, you’ll want to make sure that the tutor has an education level in the subject that’s higher than the level they are tutoring, and that they have experience working with kids the same age as your child. Make sure to talk to the tutor about how they plan to measure your child’s progress and what they can do if your child doesn’t show improvement. You can also ask the tutor to share strategies with you to extend the lessons at home and offer extra help when the tutor isn’t available.

  • Understood

    This comprehensive website offers tools and advice for parents who want to help their children with different types of learning and attention issues—everything from transitioning between tasks, to building organizational skills, to dealing with more serious learning disabilities. Here you’ll find advice for parents who would like to get their child evaluated for a learning disability and tips on ways to advocate for your child at school. You can also join parent support groups and participate in daily online chats with experts who have experience working with kids ages 3 to 20 with a variety of challenges and needs.

  • MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

    Mentors can have an invaluable and lasting impact on their mentees. Studies show that kids who have a mentor tend to have better relationships with their families, improved grades and school attendance, and decreased risk of using drugs or engaging in violent behavior. They also tend to make better relationship and lifestyle choices. This site will help you locate mentoring programs in your area that are the best fit for your child and your family.

  • Afterschool Alliance

    Afterschool programs can provide the extra help your child needs through tutoring, mentoring, and hands on learning experiences. This website provides tips to help locate afterschool programs in your community.

Raise a Reader

Learning doesn’t have to stop at the end of the school day. Parents are an important and powerful resource in extending the lessons learned in the classroom and helping their child start each school day ready to learn.

One way to set your child up for academic success is to make sure that their reading is on grade level. You can begin reading to your child as early as infancy, taking turns reading and listening as they get more comfortable reading. For tips on choosing books, activities to introduce your child to reading and resources for parents who are concerned about their child’s reading progression, check out “Read Write Think” and “Target the Problem!

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