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Tool Kit for Hispanic Families.

To close the achievement gap for Hispanic children, the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans has recommended setting new and high expectations by: helping parents navigate the education system; creating partnerships to provide expanded options for children; and implementing a public awareness campaign aimed at achieving higher education.

To help fulfill this purpose, the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will release an updated version of the Tool Kit for Hispanic Families during this back-to-school season.

A colorful, illustrated resource, the tool kit was developed with guidance from over 1,800 Hispanic parents at Parent Information and Resource Centers across the country. It includes six topical brochures, each containing additional references.

* You and Your Preschool Child looks at factors such as diet, exercise and medical care that affect how well children perform in school.

* You and Your Elementary School-Aged Child suggests important questions to ask educators, such as how much time is spent teaching children English, reading and math.

* Tips for Helping Children Learn to Read offers literacy techniques for the early stages of learning how to read.

* A Challenging High School Education for All looks at how completing advanced course work can help students to succeed in college and perhaps graduate early.

* School Success for Your Child offers homework tips for parents and suggestions for helping students with disabilities.

* No Child Left Behind: Help for Students and Their Families provides an overview of the options and benefits of the law.

To place an advance order for a free copy of the tool kit, call 1-877-4ED-PUBS.
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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