New Survey Finds Moms on Front Lines of Children’s Education

Most mothers identify with role of ‘Chief Education Officer’ according to
a Sylvan Learning survey

Duluth, MN (Grassroots Newswire) January 27, 2014 — A new Sylvan Learning
survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive among 5,000 U.S. adults in
December 2013, finds that nearly 9 in 10 mothers of school-aged children
regard themselves as having principal responsibility for their child’s
academics. According to the survey, 88% of moms of children aged 6–17
actually see themselves in the role of “Chief Education Officer.”

Cheryl Hynes of Sylvan Learning located in Duluth applauded this finding.

“Sylvan has long recognized that the best educational outcomes are the
result of strong partnerships and cooperation between families and
educators,” said Hynes. “Mothers have always been at the forefront of that
relationship. But we are especially encouraged to see that they now
realize that they must ramp up their game as ‘Chief Education Officers’ to
ensure their children succeed when schools are under-resourced or children
need supplementary learning support.”

The survey indicates that most mothers also plan to increase the role they
play in their children’s academic lives. In fact, a majority (80%) of moms
of school-aged children revealed that they plan to take a more active role
in their students’ education in the upcoming year.

“Most mothers today realize that students often may need more than schools
can provide,” said Hynes. “According to the survey, four in five
moms—79 percent—agree that using outside academic resources to supplement
in-school instruction helps ensure they are doing the best they can for
their children.”

To help moms become more effective Chief Education Officers, Sylvan
Learning located in Duluth is offering five simple tips:

* Engage actively in your children’s education. Do more than ask “How was
school today?” Check homework daily, help set homework and study
schedules, join the PTA and volunteer at school.

* Develop a relationship with your children’s teachers. Communicate with
them regularly. Learn how they prefer to communicate—email, phone or
face-to-face. Listen to teachers’ advice and counsel, and ask for
suggestions on what other things you can do to help your children.

* Seek information and be a smart education consumer. Just as you would
research medical treatment for your children or the proper sports
equipment to succeed on the field, explore programs and services within
and outside your children’s school.

* Set a good example. Parents who read every day have children who read
every day. Be an educational role model for your children.

* Motivate learning through encouragement and rewarding positive behavior.
Nagging is a short-term solution. Inspiration will have a lifelong impact.

For additional tips and resources, please contact Cheryl Hynes of Sylvan
Learning located in Duluth at (218) 723-1551,, or

Survey Methodology: The survey was conducted online within the United
States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Sylvan Learning from Dec. 18–23,
2013 among 5,082 adults age 18 and older, of whom 471 are mothers of
children age 6–17 living in their household. This online survey is not
based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical
sampling error can be calculated.

About Sylvan Learning, Inc.
With more than 30 years of experience and more than 800 locations
throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of
personal learning for students in grades K–12. As the leader in
supplemental education, Sylvan is transforming how students learn,
inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring
approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad®
for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan programs include study skills,
math, reading, writing and test prep for college entrance and state exams.
Sylvan also provides educational services to public and nonpublic schools.
The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Baltimore,
Maryland. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit or Sylvan’s Mom Minded blog at

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