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Back to School-for Parents: New Guide Offers Parents Help and Hope to Face Challenging School Situations

December 2, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO –  “The most important book a parent will ever read”—that’s what Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians has called it. Back to School—for Parents is a new parent guide released today by national ministries Focus on the Family and Family Policy Alliance.

The guide is FREE for download from both Focus on the Family and Family Policy Alliance.

Designed to help parents address issues students may face in the classroom (and beyond), the guide could not be timelier as the classroom comes home again for many families. School closures have given parents a unique glimpse into classrooms, and they may not like what they’ve seen. Classroom content may be overly sexualized, teach radical viewpoints as fact, or shut down faith-based perspectives – just to name a few concerns.

Focus on the Family and Family Policy Alliance hope the guide will help parents navigate these challenging waters. “As a former high school English teacher, I know that many educators have deep faith, are hardworking, and remain dedicated to their profession,” said Jeff Johnston, Culture and Policy Analyst at Focus on the Family. “But I also know that many legislators and education professionals have a social and political agenda that is antagonistic toward Christianity and biblical values. This agenda affects school curriculums, textbooks, and resources. Many parents are outraged and appalled when they discover what their children are actually being taught in school. This new education resource helps parents know what to watch out for and gives valuable guidance for protecting children.”

“Families today face unprecedented challenges at school—from highly sexualized curriculum, to men in their daughters’ locker rooms, to counselors encouraging children that abortion or cross-sex hormones are the right choice, without ever talking to a child’s parent,” said Stephanie Curry, Esq., Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance. “We receive questions every week from parents about what their rights are, how to navigate the bureaucracies responsible for passing these harmful policies, and how to talk about these issues with children at home. We’ve created Back to School—for Parents to answer these questions, because we firmly believe that parents—not any government entity—are truly best at parenting.”

The guide is full of surprising facts and helpful resources. Did you know that in some schools, a counselor could coach your child to “transition” genders or get an abortion without your consent or even your knowledge? Or that the school devices your child uses at home may not have the type of content filters you would install in your own home? The guide offers important information for parents and practical help to prevent or address these situations.

Back to School—for Parents comes highly endorsed from leading organizations, including the American College of Pediatricians. Executive Director Dr. Michelle Cretella said of the guide, “I can authoritatively say that Back to School—for Parents … is the most important book a parent will ever read. Download one for yourself, and for each of your family members and friends who cherish their kids!”

Other endorsees include: Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Concerned Women for America, Gateways to Better Education, American Principles Project and Save Women’s Sports.

For parents who have concerns about a particular aspect of their child’s school, the guide is conveniently organized into sections based on areas and activities within the school: classrooms, counselors and health clinics, bathrooms and locker rooms, sports teams, lunch time and free time, school-owned internet, and school libraries and research databases. It also contains a section dedicated to schooling options available to families should they decide their child’s school is not a good fit for their family.

Described by others as “wonderful,” an “invaluable resource,” “much-needed,” and a “wake-up call,” Focus on the Family and Family Policy Alliance hope Back to School—for Parents will help many families prevent, identify, and solve the difficult situations they face every day at school. The guide is FREE for download from both Focus on the Family and Family Policy Alliance.

Media Contact:

Focus on the Family:

Kirsten Hochstetler (719) 216-1872 [email protected]

Family Policy Alliance:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, [email protected]

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping marriages and families thrive, working to protect life and freedom, and encouraging Christians to engage the culture.

Family Policy Alliance advances biblical citizenship and promotes good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.


About Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family, which reaches about 38 million people in 120 countries, is a global faith-based ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus at or on Facebook and Twitter.