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ERIC Number: ED511996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Helping Your Child Feel Connected to School. Information for Parents and Families
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Parents want their child to do well in school. They also want their child to be healthy and avoid behaviors that are risky or harmful. Through their guidance and support, parents can have great influence on their child's health and learning. But they also have important allies in this effort--the caring adults in their child's school. Research shows that students who feel a genuine sense of belonging at school are more likely to do well in school, stay in school, and make healthy choices. This sense of belonging is often described as school "connectedness." Connected students believe their parents, teachers, school staff, and other students in their school care about them and about how well they are learning. This brief paper discusses the importance of a child's connection to school and lists some actions parents can take, at home and at school, to help their child become more connected to his or her school. (Lists 5 resources.)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333. Tel: 800-311-3435; Tel: 404-639-3311; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (DHHS/CDC). Division of Adolescent and School Health