How Parents Can Volunteer at Kids’ School or Daycare

 

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Organize a “walking school bus” where kids meet at designated spots to walk or bike to school accompanied by adults Attend school board meetings or better yet, Join the school board. Your kids will get better grades if you are involved at school! A 2008 study from the University of New Hampshire indicates that students perform much better academically if their parents are involved in the school. However, that news can create more stress for already busy parents. Older elementary and middle-school-aged kids can take the lead on volunteer projects that require planning and commitment.

With a little help from mom and dad, a sitter, a. Host a block meeting at your home with other parents to discuss/share school issues and info. Offer to drive other students/families to school-related events they wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

Invite other parents to join you when you volunteer at school. Invite Parents Into the Classroom Ask parents to be guests in your preschool classroom to encourage involvement. Invite them to share information about their career, and bring items. Allow your child to have some input and discuss menu selections, all while explaining the reasons you’re making the effort for people you don’t know.

Then, when you drop off the goods, ask an employee to briefly describe how families in need. As a precaution, many school districts require volunteers, including parents, to complete a background check form. The information supplied is used only for the safety check and kept.

Why I Don’t Want to Volunteer at My Kid’s School. One of my dear friends has a big-time job, and she works a lot of hours, certainly well over 40 a week and probably more like 50 or 60. One of the most important things a parent can do for her child is to volunteer at school. Giving your time makes a positive impact on the learning environment, and when you make time to. child care facilities.

C. Teen volunteers may not be left alone with children; and they may not be utilized to satisfy staff/child ratios in Child Care Centers, LOCs or Large Family Child Care Homes. D. Teen volunteers under the age of 18 may not work with children under two years of age in family child care.

List of related literature:

Teachers can not only provide parents with opportunities to volunteer at school events and activities but also volunteer in the child’s home and at community events.

“High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms” by James McLeskey, Larry Maheady, Bonnie Billingsley, Mary Brownell, Tim Lewis
from High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms
by James McLeskey, Larry Maheady, et. al.
Taylor & Francis, 2018

Many schools have at least a few volunteers—often the same group of active parents.

“School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools” by Joyce L Epstein
from School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools
by Joyce L Epstein
Taylor & Francis, 2018

For parents with school-age children, volunteering can serve two purposes: (1) fostering an ethic of service in their children, and (2) giving them more time to be with their children in a meaningful activity.

“The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success” by Tracy D. Connors
from The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success
by Tracy D. Connors
Wiley, 2011

Some preschools and child-care centers actively recruit parent volunteers to work with the children and participate in administrative decisions and program planning.

“Occupational Outlook Handbook” by United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics
from Occupational Outlook Handbook
by United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2000

Volunteers act as tutors, supervise lunchrooms, and keep walking routes safe for school children.

“Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide” by James Ainsworth
from Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
by James Ainsworth
SAGE Publications, 2013

To enhance family-school partnerships, a wide range of activities are encouraged in the program, including parent room activities (e.g., arts 8 crafts projects), classroom volunteering, participation in school activities, class field trips, helping to prepare meals, and engaging in education and training activities.

“School-family Partnerships for Children's Success” by Evanthia N. Patrikakou, Amy R. Anderson
from School-family Partnerships for Children’s Success
by Evanthia N. Patrikakou, Amy R. Anderson
Teachers College Press, 2005

In 1992, 41 percent of children aged three and four attended free kindergartens, and over 4000 women were involved in voluntary work on kindergarten committees.

“Women Together: A History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand: Ngā Rōpū Wāhine O Te Motu” by Anne Else, New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch
from Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand: Ngā Rōpū Wāhine O Te Motu
by Anne Else, New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch
Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, 1993

To fully understand how work hours moderate the influence of children on parental volunteering it is necessary to create categories of work and parental status and estimate their influence on volunteering.

“Volunteers: A Social Profile” by Marc A. Musick, John Wilson
from Volunteers: A Social Profile
by Marc A. Musick, John Wilson
Indiana University Press, 2007

These programs can often provide opportunities beyond those the parents can offer, at the same time giving parents a welcome breather from their child’s intensity.

“Grandparents' Guide to Gifted Children” by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, A. Stephen McDaniel, Frances A. Karnes
from Grandparents’ Guide to Gifted Children
by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, et. al.
Great Potential Press, 2004

For example, if a volunteer is helping a group of children at a learning center, make sure that the volunteer has all needed materials and is comfortable with the activities and noise level of the children.

“Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Involvement” by Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
from Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Involvement
by Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
SAGE Publications, 2010

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  • Honestly considering how bad the education system really is. Can’t see there’s many issues with children not being at school, maybe they’ll have a chance to actually learn skills rather than just learn to parrot facts.

  • One of the issues with sending children back to school is that schools are in most cases not following best practice on distancing (keeping 2 metres apart) and masks. These are required in shops and places of worship for example, because the DfE do not require them to do so. This particularly effects the children of high risk parents. I have looked into this and the DFE advice to schools does not seems to require schools to provide special safe education for these students, leaving the parents in a no win situation of risking their health/ life or their children’s education. This particularly effects high school children who are generaly in much larger groups of 200 in my children’s school and are more aware of the issues about there parent’s health, leading to stress and mental health issues. If schools are not careful then we may have an undesired incrase in children with only one live parent.
    If you are in this position write to your school and fight for very COVID safe education for your children and encorage others to do the same Only by making our voices heard will there be changes.

  • Here in the US they are reopening schools and tens of thousands of kids are getting sick. The average age of death has also dropped precipitously in recent months. If I had kids, I would be keeping them home right now.

  • well safe or not (due to his incapable rule it is rather not), Johnson has to get the country running…and getting kids back to school is how you do it (there is where you hold the parents by the balls)

  • The TLDR approach is good. Present the data simply and let the viewer decide. Joe Bloggs reply to much on political messages rather than the ability to search, review and critique data.

  • So I’m not in the UK, and I’m a university student. My university has decided to go 95% online this year. Even though they said that every student will have at least one educational activity on campus, this hasn’t been true for me. Self-study on campus is restricted to those who can prove that their home situation isn’t suitable for self-study. I can’t, so I have to do everything from home by myself, and it’s been a huge blow to my productivity, my motivation and my mental health. My productivity has more than halved when compared to the same period last year, and not being able to see my friends does not help.

    I can imagine that for school children, especially those in primary schools, it is absolutely vital to be in a stimulating environment, and to have quality time with friends. As such if the reopening of schools can be done in such a way that it limits the spread of the virus, then we must do everything we can to make that happen.

  • I think uni should go back as the students are self contained and do not go home every day usually. However college and lower should not as they put their family and wider circles at risk due to proper social distancing being almost impossible in the buildings

  • TL;DR News: “We need more data to really know whether or not it is safe to send children to schools.”

    United States: “Got you fam.” (sends everyone to school)

  • Hey English people. America here, don’t….do….it. Just do it from home. Educate them at home. It’s gonna be tough but it’s going to save peoples lives. Don’t do what we’ve done

  • This is a hard time for all of us. This is a time to take calculated risks, so it is important that informative sources like TLDR News to give us the data as it is.

  • I have just gone back to school and let me say my mental health spiralled so fast and hard I got wip lash it’s not been helpful for meny

  • only 30 outbreaks of COVID 19 in educational settings in June? Why is that in the document?
    Considering most educational settings were closed at that time, that’s an achievement

  • The example given of children’s anxiety and mental health worsening during the pandemic indicates that this is caused by not being at school. Whilst for some children this may could be a cause, however children are also likely to have increased levels of anxiety purely due to the pandemic and worry about the health of relatives and friends. Additionally, concerns about economic effects and future prospects will be an impact on older students mental health and anxiety levels. To link students increased anxiety to absence from school alone fails to take account of other things that are important. A point that is not being openly talked about is that by returning to school it is likely that the R will increase resulting in more illness and possible death among students families. Additionally, school life is not going to be the same due to restrictions required, for some students this will increase anxiety levels. Therefore, returning to school also creates situations in which students mental health is negatively affected. As TDLR indicate no one really knows what the real impact will be. But consideration of the possible negative impacts of children returning to school never seems to be discussed by politicians or in the media.

  • It’s not safe but I’m willing to risk my physical health to go to school because my mental health and stress of staying at home drives me insane

  • The problem with this logic is that even if children do not transmit COVID between each other that much they are a perfect vector for long-distance transmission.
    Adults most often have a very small and localized social circle where they operate schools, on the other hand, contain thousands of people who move around and shuffle a lot.
    so even if the transmission is unlikely it is still enough to transfer the virus into another social circle.

    There is no big issue with elementary schools where a single teacher is taking care of the entire class and they are all confined into one classroom but in the high school, it will be problematic because pupils move a lot.

  • I enjoy being presented with studies and evidence so I can go and investigate more. There is a lot of resources online which give access to these research journals. Presenting in such a neutral way goes some way to avoid confirmation bias. I appreciate and enjoy this content, keep it up!

  • A comment from another teacher….LOVE volunteers who come to HELP in the classroom.They are a godsend for both the teacher AND the students. But moms who come to the classroom and disrupt the work that is being done or cause a distraction are not helpful.  Please remember why you are there.  Thanks.

  • Check out what happened in the usa when kids went back to schools….learn from that people, schools are safe only when we have the vacinne.

  • I see two “problems” with this video.

    First for every reputable test showing data supporting a return to school, there is some other reputable test signaling a warning.

    Second the safety of returning kids to school is going to be heavily dependent on how significant the outbreak is in the local area.

  • School just caters for the slowest kids, it really isn’t that important for a kid to miss a year of school provided the parents have a curriciulum to follow. Sister had to ask repeatedly for the curriculum her son was meant to be following before being given it and he has breezed through the tasks. My nephew is in a position where my parents are able to look after him while my sister is at work and do keep him on a regular schedule of learning. By my nephew going to school he does not get any benefit, he actually does worse at school because he is slightly ADHD and having the 1:1 attention has helped him and he is able to stay on task alone, but increases the risk of spreading covid home and to my family and my grandma was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer with a few months to live and there’s simply too much risk and no benefit to letting my nephew return to school and so at least until my grandma dies he isn’t going to school and is going to continue being taught more competently and in the end be a much better student.
    UK gov’t has had months to push to create resources for homeschooling but are now forcing teachers to come into contact with all of these kids and some will die. School isn’t as important as they think it is, you can tell that the gov’t is filled with people from private education the only kids who should be at school are those who’s parents are essential workers, and teachers I know also don’t think it is necessary for kids as long as they learn at home. Teachers and students in secondary schools will die and are they only going to die because parents are unable to home school?
    Kids are just walking coughing disease machines, kids are always touching each other hands covered in snot with no sense of boundries and it’s going to be no different, in primary schools too.

  • The small % of the timetable, a minority of students within secondary schools spent in school in June/July this year bares little comparison to what is planned imminently. The school I work in never had more than 60 students and 10 staff in the building at any one time this summer, and the students were kept at least 2m apart most of the time. Now the school is soon going to have nearly 1000 people on campus full-time, with only limited distancing possible. That said, I strongly see the value of opening schools for students now and think it outweighs the risk.

  • We don’t need proof that re-opening schools is safe to re-open schools. We need proof that re-opening schools is not safe to justify keeping schools closed. The damage of keeping schools closed is very real and not in question. It is unfair to hurt children just because it might keep adults a little bit safer.

  • Managing uncertainty is an important capability of leadership. Given the uncertainty related to the issue, it would be wise to develop and publicise indicators that highlight if any of the potential risk are becoming reality, and also publicise actions to be taken given predictable outcomes. If a family becomes infected, I understand the child will be removed from school and tested and quaranteen until proven to OK. Track and trace will be completed to some degree but other class mates will continue as normal even if the source of the original infection is unclear. At a minimum this appears to be an un managed risk. If children don’t return to school, should there be enhanced monitoring set up to watch out for the other potential risks? A lot of great work is being done to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus, maybe more could be done to track the risks of the decision.

  • Awesome video, Jessica! Parent volunteers are amazing and you make excellent points. We have had some amazing cultural experiences in Spanish class via volunteers. Over the years we have had guests in from all over the world (so many connections just from our school even!) and the kids are so engaged when that happens. Every parent has something to offer, and us “fine arts” teachers love when those skills are shared… I think lots of parents get intimidated by us since they don’t feel they know the content. Don’t be!! Get involved and there is always something for you. You are a rock star volunteer!!! Glad to see this video.

  • I just can’t believe that because no symptoms are presented that the transmission between children, is not going to affect others. If children also pass on other illnesses why not this one? They get involved with each other and have contact and also with touch (before they touch each other they have picked noses, put fingers in mouth etc and not sanitized). So later they will come into contact with grandma or parents. It will be interesting to see what happens and if this virus will truly always be with us forcing us to live healthy lifestyles and punishing unhealthy / aging populations as China wanted…..

  • UK Tories: “Keeping kids at home is a bad idea because so many of them are in poverty and can’t get adequate warmth, food and care from their parents”

    Also UK Tories: “The country’s economy is solid, jobs are up, so we can cut benefits, social services, and flip the EU off when it offers us funding”

    Which one is it??

  • Why not invest in a simplified quasi home school system? All it would cost would be the price of a tablet with internet for each student (for a small deposit) provided they don’t already have a device with internet capabilities(smart phone, pc, laptop, tablet, etc.). Everything could be done by email or video chat. Then schedule and set up a video chat class group for tests and an email group headed by the teachers for homework exercises. Teachers could even utiliize the online nature of classes to show lectures from YouTube and post links to other sources more recent than would be found in any school textbook.

  • I remember hearing that Eton had announced they intended to stay closed in the near future, and that everyone would be tested before being allowed to attend.

    So my question would begin “If it’s so safe…”

  • This is a really interesting overview, thank you for taking the time to cover the topic and make a summary. Throughout the lockdown period since March, there has been a lot of mixed messages, from teachers to blame for spreading Covid to news reports saying teachers are safe from Covid as children don’t spread it. I am starting my teaching career on Friday, teaching all 600 pupils in this school (so bubbles don’t work for me). I hope not only that I can keep safe, but that I can keep working and making YouTube videos because I want to keep helping teachers and also teaching my pupils. I hope we won’t get a second outbreak and that we can reduce the gap in education that has recently emerged x

  • Love your channel.Im new in this country,and new in the school system,myvson is 5 year old boy,and I want to know more about relationship with the teacher,how is appropiate ask about general personal information,if is ok,too.When is appropiate give them a present?,love your videos.I feel lost and distance with the school. Thank you.please.

  • 8:10 Being impartial is not simply presenting both sides of an argument, but presenting the evidence fairly. Giving both sides equal weight is how you end up with interviews on climate change where a scientist with data and evidence repressing the overwhelming majority of professional opinion is given equal billing with some dude that runs a coal mine.

  • Belgian teacher here, we’re starting again on September 1st. I’m a big proponent this situation is hard enough to deal with as an adult, I can’t imagine how hard this is for youngsters on a mental level…

  • Hey TLDR can you do a vid on why people are protesting the lock down restrictions in the UK and EU? Are these people all just conspiracy folks Or are there actual or factual reasons these people are either calling the pandemic a hoax or are people just protesting that they now have restrictions on there freedom of movement and life and getting frustrated with the fact we have to limit our freedoms to benefit the control of this pandemic?
    I can understand the people are frustrated, but cant understand why now they have to protest and create potential spikes in outbreaks and risk not only themselves but the people who where just getting used to the way things were beginning to work and slowly bring some sort of life back to us all, while still controlling the rate of spread.

    Keep the facts coming TLDR.

  • Children are the Least likely to be seriously affected by covid. Why are we shielding the people who need it the least? Why should a majority of the children suffer because of peoples fear and lack of perspective. With regards to people who may catch it from children where is the personal responsibility? If you are at risk you should distance yourself. After 6 months we now need to do what’s best for the majority and stop harming our economy and children futures for people who can self isolate if they are at risk.

  • Thanks for your very scientific approach highlighting the uncertainty in such problems and decisions, rather than jumping to quick conclusions and ‘offering an easy solution’. Great work at TLDR!

  • After nine months of the pandemic 0.3% of the World’s population has at some stage been reported as infected with covid-19. Assuming a recovery period of 14-days, on average at any given time over the last nine months 0.016% of the World’s population would have been actively infected. As a comparison this is a direct quote from the NIH “Estimates of the international prevalence of schizophrenia among non-institutionalized persons is 0.33% to 0.75%”. Schizophrenia alone is up to 46 times more prevalent than covid-19. The virus has been linked to 0.01036% of the population dying worldwide over this period, approximately 3000 people per day. This represents about 2% of the global daily death rate from all causes of death. As time goes on this percentage will diminish as the number of people dying each day from covid-19 will diminish but the global daily death rate will remain approximately the same.