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If you just moved into a new Gainesville apartment, you may be wondering about your options for your child's education and how you can get involved. Suppose you are looking into all your options, including charter and private schools or magnet programs. In that case, we feel that the Fun 4 Gator Kids Education & Childcare page has the most comprehensive list of all educational opportunities around Gainesville.
Alright, now let's get started on how you can get involved. However, your schedule allows, your involvement helps set your child up for success and show your child that you think education is a worthwhile cause.
WORK AT SCHOOL
Whether your children attend one of the public schools or a local private school, with the additional strain of covid the last few years, most schools are overwhelmed from staff and teacher absences, including bus drivers and substitutes and other vital positions. If you are looking to help and make an income, you may consider finding employment at your child's school. Search here for current job openings within Alachua County Public Schools.
HELP AT HOME
It may be hard to find time to volunteer or attend many school functions with your family's schedule but helping your child at home is very beneficial. You may want to set up an area in your quiet Gainesville apartment where the whole family can study or work together. The school day is short, and in most cases, your child will bring home some work to complete at home. Assisting your child with homework you can keep track of how your child is doing and give extra help if needed. Even time spent reading together is a great way to aid in your child's education from home.
The word volunteer may be intimidating to some because they automatically think of countless hours spent at the school, but there are many ways to make volunteering at your child's school work for you. First, start with your child's teacher. You may help organize paperwork and purchase additional supplies for special events or projects. If you are looking to help during the school day, you can see if there is a time to help in the classroom or chaperone a field trip. Join the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) or another group of parents to support the school as a whole.
Ensure you receive communication from your child's teacher and school through email or phone to keep track of special events at the school or volunteer opportunities. If your child is attending a public school in Alachua County, you can attend a school board meeting to stay updated with current events or learn more about the district and your child's school. You can participate in a discussion in person or view it online live on YouTube, and you can find information, including meeting dates and agendas.
We hope this list helps you with ideas on how to get involved in your child's education around your non-college student apartment in Gainesville. With the extra strains and pressures on schools this year, we are sure your child's school will appreciate your help more than ever.