America’s Career Resource Network Parents’ Guide and
How it Supports No Child Left Behind
The ACRN Parents’ Guide was developed to involve parents in the career development of their
children and to serve as an educational tool for parents, counselors, and state career resource
networks. Two primary goals shaped the development of the Guide:
1) To provide parents with up-to-date information on how they can be involved in their
children’s schooling from elementary through post-high school.
2) To better inform parents on how to guide their children through the academic and career
HOW THE PARENTS’ GUIDE SUPPORTS THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2002
Through the Parents’ Guide, America’s Career Resource Network and the National Training
Support Center hope to introduce and expand the public’s knowledge of No Child Left Behind
(NCLB). The Parents’ Guide, based on the tenets of NCLB, promotes parental involvement in
their children’s schooling. The 35th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s
Attitudes Toward the Public Schools showed that 69% of the public say that they are unfamiliar
with No Child Left Behind, more specifically that “they lack the information needed to say
whether their impression of the Act is favorable or unfavorable.”1 The Guide is intended to
increase parents’, counselors’, and career resource networks’ understanding of the tenets that
NCLB is implementing to achieve educational excellence.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 is founded on four key principles. These four key
principles are: increasing state and local accountability for student performance; creating more
flexibility and reduced bureaucracy at the state and local levels; focusing on what works by
emphasizing evidence-based research; and increasing options for parents.
How does the Parents’ Guide support and promote No Child Left Behind?
The Parents’ Guide is committed to supporting NCLB. In accordance with that
dedication, the NCLB logo is prominently featured on the cover of each brochure and on
the America’s Career Resource Network Web site.
A direct link to the parents’ section of the NCLB Web site is found in both the “Helping
your Child Succeed in School” and the “Parent Involvement = Student Success”
Direct links to U.S. Department of Education’s parent publications and resources can be
found throughout the Parents’ Guide. For example;
o The primary resources used in “Is Your Child Ready for Middle School?” are
U.S. Department of Education publications: Helping Your Child Through Early
Adolescence and Helping Your Child with Homework.
Gallup, Alec M., and Rose, Lowell C. “The 35th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes
Toward the Public Schools.” Phi Delta Kappan. 30 September 2003.
o The primary resources used in “Is Your Child Ready for Elementary School?” are
U.S. Department of Education publications: Helping Your Pre-School Child, My
Child’s Academic Success and Questions Parents Ask about Schools.
o The primary resource used in “Homework Tips and Study Skills” is a U.S.
Department of Education publication: Helping Your Child with Homework.
o The “Helping Your Child Succeed in School” resource provides a telephone
number for parents to order a free copy of a U.S. Department of Education
publication: Helping Your Child Succeed in School.
In addition to direct links to the NCLB Web site’s parents’ section and publications
geared towards parents, each brochure and powerpoint is based on content, references,
and resources developed and disseminated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The primary NCLB tenet supported by the ACRN Parents’ Guide is parental
options/involvement. It is the most prominently featured throughout each of the 16
brochures and powerpoints. For example;
o The majority of the text in “What Should my Child do After High School?” is
devoted to explaining various postsecondary options, ranging from on-the-job
training to graduate studies. Parental involvement in their children’s schooling and
career decision-making process is consistently highlighted and promoted throughout
the Web site and brochures.
o The “Parent Involvement=Student Success” resource focuses on how parents can get
involved in their child’s education, school, and at home.
References to local flexibility can also be found in many of the brochures. For example,
several brochures emphasize the importance of local education efforts by encouraging
parents to contact their local CRN office and to become more involved with their child’s
school and the guidance resources available to them.
By design this guide is constructed to provide flexibility to state and local communities.
The Parents’ Guide resources were developed in a graphic format that allows the
brochures and powerpoints to be modified and adapted at the state and local levels. This
directly supports the NCLB pillar of increasing flexibility and local control. States can
and are currently modifying these materials to best meet the needs of local parents. By
providing the electronic files for all 16 English and 16 Spanish brochures, and three
English and three Spanish powerpoints, each CRN or other career professional has the
flexibility to provide these files to a professional printer to integrate their own state
information in order to provide tailored and localized information to parents in their
There are links to useful sites including, but not limited to, interest assessments,
homework help, www.studentaid.ed.gov, state resources and the NCLB Web site’s
Addendum: Overview of ACRN Parents Guide
The National Training Support Center (NTSC)/America’s Career Resource Network (ACRN) has developed 16 downloadable
brochures in English and Spanish on various career and educational achievement topics. The Parents Guide consists of the following
resources and information:
English Version Spanish Version
Homework Tips and Study Skills Ideas para la tarea y Habilidades de Estudio
Discovering Your Child’s Preferred Learning Style Cómo descubrir el estilo de aprendizaje preferido de su hijo/a
Why Should My Child Explore Careers? ¿Por qué debe mi hijo/a explorer profesiones?
Parent Involvement=Student Success La Participación de Padres=Éxito de los Estudiantes
Helping Your Child Succeed in School Ayudándole a Su Hijo/a Tener Éxito en la Escuela
Helping Your Child Make Career Decisions Ayude a su Hijo/a a Decider su Carrera
Helping Your Child Identify Interests Ayudando a su Hijo/a Indentificar Intereses
Is Your Child Ready for Elementary School? ¿Está su Hijo/a preparado para la Escuela Primaria?
Career Awareness in Elementary School Conocimiento de Profesiones en la Escuela Primaria
Is Your Child Ready for Middle School? ¿Está lilsto su hijo/a para la Preparatoria?
What Classes Should My Child Take in Middle and High School? ¿Qué clases debería tomar mi hijo/a en la escuela preparatoria y la
What Should My Child Do After High School? Qué Debe Hacer mi Hijo/a Después de la Secundaria?
Is Your Child Ready for High School? ¿Está preparado su hijo/a para la escuela secundaria?
Financial Aid Resources for Post-High School Education Recursos de ayuda financiera para la educación después de la
Finding the Right College Encontrando la Universidad Apropiada
Work Experience Options for High School Students Opciones de Experiencia Laboral para Estudiantes de Secundaria
In addition to the 16 downloadable English and Spanish brochures, three (3) PowerPoint presentations have been developed in English
and Spanish. The presentations were created for use by state CRN directors, and other state and local career professionals to use and
modify for presenting educational and career development information to parents. The presentations are as follows:
English Version Spanish Version
Help Your Child Identify Interests, Explore Careers and Develop Ayude a su hijo/a a identificar intereses, explorar profesiones y desarrollar
Plans for the Future planes para el futuro
Help Your Child Prepare for Post-High School Education Ayude a su hijo/a a prepararse para la educación postsecundaria
Help Your Child Succeed in School Ayude a su hijo/a a tener exito en la escuela
In addition, all state and territory career resource networks received an additional toolkit that was developed to assist them in
modifying and presenting these resources and information for their state and local needs. These additional resources include an
overview memorandum to the Toolkit, and a CD-Rom (with all the Electronic files in Quark and PDF formats for reprinting,
modifying, and other uses).
The America’s Career Resource Network Web site and Parents Guide Web page houses additional information and resources to
parents looking for information about educational achievement and career development. The Web address for the Parents Guide is: