Recognising the important role of parents as first educators of their children, the Church has always encouraged them to take responsibility for educating and forming their children in accord with their beliefs.
"Catholic tradition teaches that God has bestowed on the family its own specific and unique educational mission. . . The educational task of the family and that of the school complement one another in many concrete areas." (Congregation for Catholic Education)
The Church, in expecting Catholic schools to develop as communities of faith and learning, encourages teachers to work closely with parents in support of their children's learning.
The Church regards the parish as a vital link in contributing to the partnership of home, school and Church in forming children in faith. This partnership can include preparing children to receive the sacraments, providing relationships education and supporting liturgical celebrations.