Home Visits Improve School Attendance and Literacy Rates

Aug. 29, 2019
A parent hugs a teacher in a living room as a paraprofessional and child look on during a parent teacher home visit
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Watch our video highlighting Parent Teacher Home Visits in Denver Public Schools

On a warm Saturday morning in May, ECE student Akiyah waved a pair of pompoms and sang as she welcomed two familiar faces to her house.

“I’m getting the knowledge to go to college!” Akiyah chanted as her Green Valley Ranch Elementary School teacher (Ms. Rodgers), along with a paraprofessional, settled into her living room. Both visitors cheered gleefully and clapped as Akiyah giggled and bowed. Her mom, Khadijah Ali, and other family members joined in the celebration with a collective guffaw.

Moments like these are at the heart of Denver Public Schools Parent Teacher Home Visits, which deepen connections between families and teachers. The visits not only improve an individual student’s academic success, but the wellbeing of an entire school community.

A recent three-part study of home visits showed that when as little as 10% of families at a given school participate in home visits, overall attendance and literacy rates improved across that school.

To sign up for a Parent Teacher Home Visit, visit the DPS Family and Community Engagement website and click on “Request a Visit”.