• Who is Prepared Parents?

    All kids deserve the opportunity for success in school and in life. Prepared Parents translates learning science, psychology and behavioral research into practical tips and resources that parents can use to support their kids’ social-emotional and learning needs at home. Together, our resources unbox the education that families want, kids deserve, and teachers love. Prepared Parents is supported by Summit Public Schools, a nationally-recognized public school network with 15 middle and high schools in the States of California and Washington.

  • How does Prepared Parents develop resources?

    The research-based resources from Prepared Parents are inspired by the learning model developed at Summit Public Schools using learning science, psychology and behavioral research. For more information about Summit’s model and the research behind it, download The Science of Summit

  • What resources does Prepared Parents offer?

    Visit the UNBOXED Resource Center to find a variety of Prepared Parents’ resources, including:


    • Tips: Research-backed advice and activities for families and educators 
    • Collections: Expertly curated topics to help parents navigate specific parenting needs such as Summer Learning, Race & Culture, Building Independence, Nurturing Perseverance, Positive Mindsets, and much more.
    • Editorials: Our take on learning and education issues of the day
    • Stories: Real-life stories of families tackling parenting challenges
  • My child has special needs--what resources do you have to help?

    We have designed our resources to be as accessible to as many types of kids as possible, with unique features such as multi-age engagement, a blend of different resources and activities across academic and social-emotional learning, opportunities for in-person and online work and collaboration, and translations into Spanish.  All kids learn differently, and we strive to do our best to meet the needs of kids and their parents/caregivers and teachers. Kids with diagnosed learning differences are an important and valued group of Prepared Parents learners, and we make every effort to be as accessible as possible to all. We hope that you will share Prepared Parents’ resources with your student’s clinician, teachers, and/or learning specialist to contextualize it to meet your student’s individual needs.

  • How much does it cost to access Prepared Parents’ resources?

    Prepared Parents resources are offered free of charge to users, thanks to generous philanthropic support.

  • How is Prepared Parents funded?

    Prepared Parents is an initiative of Marshall Street Initiatives at Summit Public Schools.  Summit is a nationally-recognized public school network with 15 middle and high schools in the states of California and Washington.  Marshall Street develops solutions to locally felt, globally evident problems in America’s public education system so that every student has the opportunity to pursue a fulfilled life.


    Prepared Parents is entirely funded by philanthropic support from charitable contributions, grants, and individual donors. We do not receive funding from advertisements, sponsored content, or commercial partnerships.


    While Summit Public Schools receives funding from the States of California and Washington to operate its schools, Summit Public Schools does not use this funding to support or operate Prepared Parents.


    Diane Tavenner, the co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools published Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life in 2019. The net author proceeds from the sale of Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life go to the Community High School Foundation, a California nonprofit organization, to operate a college and career scholarship fund for Summit Public School students and graduates.

  • How will Prepared Parents use my email address?

    If you have provided your email address to Prepared Parents, we will use your email address to periodically communicate with you and share useful resources developed by the Prepared Parents and Summit Public Schools team. This could, for example, include parenting activities, tips and other resources regarding how kids learn and develop, and/or announcements, news, and articles on related themes. To be added to our email list, please contact info@preparedparents.org.

    You can opt-out/unsubscribe from emails at any time; please click on the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email. Following an unsubscribe request, we will remove your email address from that subscription. Please allow up to 10 business days for any opt-out/unsubscribe request to be processed.  If you opt out of receiving subscription emails or emails with recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you emails about  any services you have requested or received from us.


    If you decide you would like to hear more about Prepared Parents, you are always welcome to re-submit your email address by reaching out to info@preparedparents.org. We value and respect your privacy. Please read our Privacy Policy, which details our commitment to your privacy.

  • Did the Prepared Parents website change?

    We have redesigned the Prepared Parents website to make our tips, tools, and resources more accessible to all families. Therefore, you no longer need to log-in to access our resources, and all of our tips and tools—including those developed as part of our digital UNBOXED learning kits—are available in one place.

  • How does Prepared Parents use the log-in information that I previously provided?

    If you previously created an account with Prepared Parents and/or registered for UNBOXED by Prepared parents, we have deleted your account registration information, with the exception of your email address. As detailed in our Privacy Policy, Prepared Parents will not sell, trade, rent, or disclose your information, except in limited circumstances.


    We will continue to use your email to send our newsletter, surveys, or opportunities for feedback. You can opt-out from emails at any time. If you do not want to receive a particular email subscription from us, you may unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of the email.

  • Is Prepared Parents an advice or counseling service?

    Prepared Parents is a special project of Summit Public Schools.  Drawing on the lessons from Summit and Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life, Prepared Parents is a resource for parents and is not a professional, certified, or licensed advice or counseling service.


    The opinions and recommendations expressed by Prepared Parents are for general educational and informational purposes only and are not to be considered by you, or anyone, as appropriate or professional, or diagnostic of your condition or situation. The information on the website is not intended as, nor should they be considered a substitute for professional medical advice, suggestions, diagnosis, counseling, or treatment of any kind. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s growth or development, we recommend contacting your primary care provider or a licensed therapist.

  • What is the Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life book?

    Diane Tavenner is the co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, and author of Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life.  In Prepared, author Diane Tavenner shares her journey as an educator, mother, and leader of Summit Public Schools, one of America’s most innovative public-school networks. She gives parents a roadmap to prepare their children to succeed in college, thrive in today’s workplace, and lead secure and fulfilled lives.


    The net author proceeds from the sale of Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life go to the Community High School Foundation, a California nonprofit organization, to operate a college and career scholarship fund for Summit Public School students and graduates. 

  • I have a great article, resource, or product for parents. Can you add it to the Prepared Parents website?

    We appreciate the desire to share resources that could be helpful to parents. We have a rigorous review process of external resources and organizations to ensure that we stay focused on our educational mission to support parents. The team will reach out with any questions if we determine that your resources may be a fit for our website and users. Lastly, if you have any suggestions on how we can improve or better serve parenting communities, we welcome suggestions at info@preparedparents.org!

  • Who can I contact with additional questions?

    Feel free to email info@preparedparents.org with additional questions or suggestions.