Parent And Child Together (PACT) Time
Parents who support their child’s learning contribute to their child’s successes both in school and in life. The Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time component allows parents to interact together as a family unit. For the most part, child interests and preferences drive the activities, with parents following the lead. Staff members help parents learn how to support their child learning by interacting together through meaningful activities. The reciprocal learning offers parents and children a chance to become true partners in education.
Following PACT activities, parents have time to debrief and reflect on the activities to gain understanding and knowledge of child development and learning behaviors, which help parents to be more successful partners in their child’s learning. This also strengthens parent/child bonds. As the parenting skills of adults develop and translate into changes in positive parenting behaviors and practices, children’s behavior may reflect those changes.
Direct effects of the Parent and Child Together Time component include increases in:
- Time Spent reading to children
- The ability of parents to positively guide their children’s freedom of choice
- adults and children engaging in other forms of learning
- Parents’ confidence as they work and play with their children
- The perception of parents’ value of education as viewed by their children