National Parents As Teachers Day

National Parents as Teachers Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on November 8th and encourages parents, teachers, and Parent Teacher’s Organizations (PTO) to come together in support of the educational needs of children. This holiday was first conceived during the 1970s and has been going strong every year to help children receive the quality of education that they deserve. It’s a day in which parents can make sure that they’re personally involved in their children’s school. When parents, teachers, and PTOs work together, then children are more likely to be successful in their academic careers and are more likely to graduate high school and enroll in college.

The History Of National Parents As Teachers Day

The concept for this holiday began in the 1970s in Missouri when teachers in the state realized that children were starting kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness. Some children have had a foundation that would ensure a good kindergarten learning experience, but unfortunately, some children didn’t. Since research showed that when parents are more involved in their child’s education, then they are more successful.

In 1981, they decided to create Parents as Teachers as a pilot program for the first-time parents of newborns. Four years later, in 1985, the Missouri legislature would provide the state funding to implement the Parents as Teachers program in all Missouri schools. The holiday didn’t just stay in Missouri, however. Over the next several decades, the program would expand across the entire United States. Now the holiday is observed not only in all 50 U.S states but also in 6 other countries as well.

Observing National Parents As Teachers Day

Although National Parents as Teachers Day is a holiday that only occurs on the 8th of November each year, it’s a holiday that should be observed every single day of the year. Research has shown that when parents are involved, children do better in school. So every parent should celebrate this holiday and encourage other parents to observe this holiday by using the hashtag #NationalParentsAsTeachersDay.

When is it?
This year (2023)
November 8 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
November 8 Friday
Last year (2022)
November 8 Tuesday
Education & Reading, Relationships & Family