Graphic on the cover of the Parent Checklist.(May 2023)  | Available in English and Spanish

The full title of this checklist for parents is: I Have a Question… What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School: A Parent Checklist. The checklist document is 6 pages long: 1 title page in English, 2 pages of the actual checklist in English, and then a repeat of all this in Spanish. So it can be easily split into 2 documents: one in English and one in Spanish.

The checklist includes questions and resources that parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are getting the education they deserve. It suggests key questions, tips for educational success, and resources for more information. The checklist was developed in collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education,  America Achieves, National Council of La Raza, National PTA, and the United Negro College Fund.

The checklist follows the set of rights that the Department recently released outlining what families should be able to expect for their children’s education. The rights follow the educational journey of a student and include:

  • access to quality preschool;
  • engagement in safe, well-resourced elementary and secondary schools that hold all students to high standards; and
  • access to an affordable, quality college degree.

The checklist suggests “key questions” that parents should pose to their child’s educators.

Check out the Parent Checklist.