Identifying and Navigating the Barriers of Parental Involvement in Early Childhood Education


  • Mark Wildmon Mississippi State University
  • Kenneth Anthony Mississippi State University
  • Zion Kamau Mississippi State University



Parental involvement in school, family engagement in education, school partnerships


Parental involvement in early childhood education significantly impacts children's academic, socio-emotional, and behavioral outcomes. Extensive research indicates that parental involvement plays a more influential role in a child's academic success compared to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or educational background. However, a noticeable gap exists between the desired and actual levels of parental involvement, often attributed to identifiable barriers. This study aims to delineate these obstacles and proposes cost-effective, actionable steps to overcome them. We introduce specific strategies that enhance the home-school partnership and recommend that schools actively teach and promote these activities. These practices highlight the dual importance of parental support for school-based learning and school support for home-based activities.

Author Biographies

Kenneth Anthony, Mississippi State University

Kenneth V. Anthony is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at Mississippi State University where he teaches social studies methods courses in the elementary education program. His current research agenda includes using primary sources in the classroom, parent involvement in education, and homeschooling. 

Zion Kamau, Mississippi State University

Zion Kamau is a doctoral student in the school psychology program at Mississippi State University.


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How to Cite

Wildmon, M., Anthony, K., & Kamau, Z. (2024). Identifying and Navigating the Barriers of Parental Involvement in Early Childhood Education. Current Issues in Education, 25(1).

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