3 Ways Single Parents Can Help Educate Their Children

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Home Schooling is one option for Single Parents who need a flexible schedule.

It’s hard to argue that there is anyone in America these days who deserves more respect than a single parent working hard to raise their child and provide them with the best education possible. Single parent households face a lot of challenges that dual-parent households don’t have to worry about, but it’s still possible for a single parent to ensure their child doesn’t suffer any setbacks in school.

Here are some options that single parents can take advantage of when it comes to their child’s education.

1. Education Grants for Single Parent Households

There are a few unfortunate realities that single parents have to face when it comes to economics. In general single parents don’t earn as much money as dual parent households, which creates a number of hurdles you’ll need to surmount. If you are going to place your child in the public school system than the schools that they attend will be largely determined by the neighborhood that you live in. The less money you earn, the poorer the neighborhood you will likely live in. The poorer the neighborhood you live in, the less likely your child will be zoned into a high quality school. This isn’t fair, and it isn’t always true, but it’s generally true.

The lower annual income that most single parents have to work with also makes it considerably more difficult to send your child to higher quality private schools. This is true whether you’re talking about private schools for their primary and secondary educations, as well as private colleges and universities.

Thankfully there are an increasing amount of grants and other financial awards that are reserved solely for single parent households for primary, secondary, and college educations. Pursuing these grants and scholarships is likely your child’s best bet when it comes to pursuing a high quality education.

2. Home Schooling

You also should consider whether or not home schooling is a viable option for your child. Home schooled children are able to receive high quality educations without spending having to spend a dime and without having to live in higher priced neighborhoods. There are certainly downsides to home schooling, such as a certain level of social isolation compared to traditional school environments, but those issues can be compensated for in other ways such as involvement in community centers.

One of the benefits of home schooling is the flexible nature of its schedule. Many single parents do not consider home schooling because they don’t think that they will be able to add additional teaching hours to their already full schedules. But home schooling lets you combine direct teaching and individual studying periods to work around your day’s current demands, which makes it an appealing option for many busy single parents.

3. Supplemental Education

Some single parents just don’t have the time to home school their child and also aren’t able to afford private schools, even with grants. These single parents can consider sending their child to the public schools that they are zoned for, and then supplementing their child’s education with tutoring sessions. Many schools offer free one-on-one tutoring for children that require them, and taking advantage of these programs can be a great way to ensure your child is getting a high quality education without sending them to a top school. Individual tutors can also be surprisingly effective and affordable if you dig around and do some research, especially if you ask around and get some proven referrals from other parents that you know.

For many single parents looking to ensure their child receives a high quality education, a mixed approach like this one is their child’s best bet.

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