Where are parents turning to for support?
And what support are they missing?
of parents feel they have a support network.
of parents have found the resources being shared online to be helpful.
of parents said that their local government was sharing helpful information with them.
of parents feel supported by their child's school system.
of children have had a virtual play date in the past week.
of parents find the amount of resources being shared online to be overwhelming.
Top sources of Information for supporting children
My child's teachers
Friends & Relatives
A more structured schoolwork routine.
A more structured schoolwork routine. The school district is doing their best to create equitable distance learning opportunities for those families who don't have access to online resources or printers, but it's taking several weeks. My kids are 4 and 6, so they're young enough that I'm not worried about them falling behind, but I am envious of the structure other families have with material provided for their kids.
I wish the schools had clear procedures in place because the standards are unclear. Teachers seem irritated when you ask for clarification. Principals are vague. The school system is blaming the state.
We are running into roadblock after roadblock looking for options to keep my husband out of harms way and keep our family safe physically and financially (and emotionally!).
I wish the government cared at all about lives of teachers - they seem to think we are babysitters and have no consideration for our own personal family lives. I wish it wasn’t so convoluted to find a solution for my husband’s job. Even though he isn’t an essential hospital employee, he is still considered an essential worker and we are running into roadblock after roadblock looking for options to keep him out of harms way and keep our family safe physically and financially (and emotionally!).
We asked parents what types of support they wish they had...
I don't even know.
I wish I knew of a good way for my son to socialize safely.
I wish I had ways to make my kids more independent so they could do more activities and play on their own.
It would be helpful for teachers to give personalized goals for the student to focus on.
To help parents feel supported and less overwhelmed, schools can...
Our results indicate that when a parent finds the resources being shared with them to be helpful, then they are more likely to feel supported by their child’s school.
...share fewer, high-quality resources rather than overburdening parents with information that they have to sort through.
...focus on communicating clear, concise guidelines for how parents can support their children's learning.