What if you knew of some easy ways for your child to get better grades, enjoy school more, and increase her chances for future success?

Chances are, you already do.

Being involved with your child’s education might just naturally sound like the right thing to do. In fact, research shows that it’s valuable for a child’s education and future. Researchers have been studying the effects of parent involvement on children’s academic success for many years. They have reported consistently that when parents get involved in their children’s education, the children earn better grades and score higher on tests.

Children with involved parents stay home from school less often and are more likely to graduate and pursue higher education. What’s more, involved parents have better access to information about opportunities for students; being involved makes you a stronger advocate for your child. Research also shows that parent involvement makes a difference no matter a person’s income level, cultural background, or the size of the community in which they live.

Involvement really does matter, and there are many ways for parents to be part of things. Your involvement can be as simple as helping with math and English homework or reading a book together at bedtime. Going to parent-teacher conferences is important, and taking the family to the school carnival makes a difference, too. It’s also important to show your child that you value education and hard work.

Best of all, getting involved is easy. More involvement is better, but you don’t have to log hundreds of hours or be president of the PTO to make a difference—even if you can only volunteer a few hours a year, it counts. If you want to do more, your school’s parent-teacher group can help you find ways to get involved that fit both your schedule and your interests. As long as your actions show that you value education, your child is likely to respond.