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Millions of children throughout California head back to school this month. Well-informed, engaged parents make a vital difference in helping students and schools succeed. When families, schools and communities work as partners, student achievement rises and children are better prepared to lead healthy, productive lives.

California State PTA is kicking off the back-to-school season with a series of great resources for parents and members:

  • What do parents need to know this back-to-school season? Download three education trends to find out more how you can support learning at home and how our state’s education system is changing to encourage all students’ success.
  • Say “cheese” with our #FirstDayofSchoolSmiles! We’re sharing the excitement of the first day of school all season long. Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram, and be sure to tag your posts with our #FirstDayofSchoolSmiles hashtag. Encourage your friends and school community to share with us as well. And don’t forget to check out our back-to-school resources on Pinterest.
  • Build the habit of good attendance from the first day forward. September is Attendance Awareness Month, but it’s never too early to start building the habit of good school attendance with your child. Getting your child to school on time, every day, unless there is an illness, is something you can do to ensure your child has the best chance to succeed in school. Learn tips to promote good attendance all year long.