Resources for Parents

These are websites for non- to limited-English speaking parents.  Website, articles, and journals that are offered in multiple languages are very beneficial to families as they provide avenues to become involved in their children's schooling.

Booklet: If Your Child Learns in Two Languages

This booklet is a parent's guide for improving educational opportunities for children acquiring English as a second language.  It was written by Nancy Zebsko and Beth Antunez in 2000, but still remains a crucial read for all parents.  It has been translated to accommodate parents who speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Armenian, and Korean.*****

To read a copy of this booklet on the web, go to the site

Bilingual Research Journal

This Bi-annual journal offers people a chance to read and think about issues in America pertaining to a life in a bi-lingual household.  One article in particular pertains to the issue of informed parental consent in school districts in the state of California.  The article, "Informed Parent Consent and Proposition 227" by Augustine García goes through the issue, the problem, the study, the conclusions, and recommendations.  Not only is this article a wonderful read for all parents and school staff, but the journal is a wonderful resource. 

The particular article can be found in the Winter and Spring 2000, Volume 24, Number 1 and 2 issue of The Bilingual Research Journal.  It can also be located at the website

Online Resources

  • This website provides information about parent and community involvement, home-school communication, successful models and scientifically-based research. It is found on the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) website founded by the Federal Department of Education. There are ten different categories of websites such as information on parents connections with the NCLB act, guides for parent and community involvement, and resources strictly in other languages for those parents who do not speak English.*****

  • This article/booklet, by Beverly McLeod, discusses the importance of involving parents of ELL and LEP (Limited English Proficient) students in the school system and in their children’s education. The ideas profiled in this booklet are based on intensive study of eight elementary and middle schools with significant LEP student populations who demonstrate how the kinds of changes advocated by the education reform community can provide LEP students with equal access to an academic program of high quality. This is something that both teachers and school administrators need to read to adopt such techniques to keep parent involvement at a high.

  • This bilingual website was created just for parents and families to provide them with the information they need to help their child become a good reader and a successful student. It has two tabs which change all text to either English or Spanish. A teacher may use this website to understand the information it is providing and then pass it along to those parents who know no English. It contains book lists, author lists, as well as an abundance of tips and techniques for parents to use at home to help their child become a successful reader.*****

  • This website contains a “tool kit” for Hispanic families, developed with guidance from over 1,800 Hispanic parents at Parent Information and Resource Centers across the country. It is available in both English and Spanish, so it widens the scope of parents who can use the “kit”. It has articles for parents of children anywhere from preschool to high school, articles on NCLB, and tips to help parents aide their children in reading.*****

  • This portion of the website provides links to booklets published by Helping Your Child. This publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow. All the booklets are available in either English or Spanish.*****

  • The Federal Student Aid is an office of the Department of Education. Their core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs—for education beyond high school. They offer guidance for parents as to how to provide their children with school beyond high school. There are resources on tips for planning, applying for aide, borrowing, as well as a college savings calculator. The entire site is also available in Spanish, so for those parents who need guidance in planning for their child’s future who do not speak English, they can use this site.*****

  • This website offers many, many resources for parents of ESL/ELL students. Teachers can share these web resources on their teacher web page or copy the printables to encourage parent involvement and help them know how best to support their students. Many of websites provided are available in multiple languages. They range from articles on tips for working with a certain grade level, to podcasts both parents and students can listen'824'&DepartmentID='958'&SubDepartmentID=''&PageID='2558'&ToggleSideNav=

  • This page has documents suggesting ways parents can help their English Language Learners (ELLs).*****

  • This section of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition contains tens of articles for parents of LEP children. The articles are all in a Spanish download PDF version and pertain to topics such as "Helping Parents Communicate Better with Schools" and "Building Positive Relationships with Your Children: Communication and Discipline". Any parent could look through these Spanish titles to find an article which aides them in helping their child transition to an English speaking classroom.*****
20 Things ESL Parents Must Do To Help Their Children
  • Work together with your child to ensure his
  • her success at school.
  • "Sometimes it's not what you see; it's what you believe!" Parents have to believe in what your child can do and teach them to believe in themselves as students.
  • Be informed of your children's education. Find ways to participate in your children's education and ways to exercise your rights and responsibilities as a parent.
  • Send your children to school every day.
  • Ask your children how their day went at school.
  • Know the teacher's name and your child's grade level.
  • Have the school telephone number in a convenient location at your house.
  • Know your child's bus number.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences on a regular basis.
  • Volunteer for school field trips.
  • Look for daily assignments.
  • Help your child with special projects (do not do it for him or her, but rather facilitate).
  • Know some of your child's classmates. When your child is absent, call for assigned homework.
  • Look for Local Task Force agencies that offer translation services if you need assistance with translations.
  • Ask your child to review prior assignments with you daily.
  • Read daily with your child (use home language, if necessary).
  • Ask your child to read aloud to you.
  • Make lists of objects and sort at home.
  • Ask your child what he or she needs for school.
  • Love your child!