Parent Checklist

  • The purpose of the Florida Parent Checklist is to support parent’s involvement in their child’s educational progress by identifying actions and linking to resources that:

    • Strengthen the child’s academic progress, especially in the area of reading;
    • Strengthen the child’s citizenship, especially social skills and respect for others;
    • Strengthen the child’s realization of high expectations and setting lifelong learning goals; and
    • Emphasize communication between school and home.



    • Support reading with age appropriate home activities.
    • Ensure that your child has a consistent time and place to do homework.
    • Ensure that your child has access to materials needed to complete assignments.
    • Discuss school work regularly with your child.
    • Attend workshops on helping your child at home.
    • Visit the local library and encourage your child to check out books of interest.
    • Read to/with your child on a daily basis.
    • Set an example by reading in your home and discussing what you’ve read with your child.
    • Ask your child to explain his/her math homework.
    • Emphasize the importance of education and doing one’s best in school.




    • Teach and reinforce positive behaviors such as respect for self and others, hard work and responsibility.
    • Ensure that your child has a regular routine.
    • Encourage your child to accept responsibility for his/her actions.
    • Ensure that your child is in attendance and on time to school each day.
    • Monitor and promote your child’s participation in extracurricular and after-school activities.
    • Monitor your child’s television viewing.
    • Reinforce the school’s behavioral expectations.



    Setting Goals

    • Express the belief in your child’s ability to be successful.
    • Encourage your child to set short- and long term- educational goals.
    • Celebrate academic accomplishments.



    School to Home Communication

    • Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher(s) in person, by telephone, through email or writing.
    • Prepare for and attend parent-teacher conferences and/or other individualized student meetings, such as Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or Academic Improvement Plan meetings.
    • Attend open houses, science fairs, plays and musical performances, field trips, sporting events, curriculum nights and other school activities.
    • Volunteer in the school setting when possible.