Parents with questions about elementary schools can have those questions answered April 7 and 8 by calling a free Dial-A-Principal hotline.

The number, 1-800-876-5606, will be manned by principals attending meetings of the National Association of Elementary School Principals in Anaheim, Calif. Family Circle Magazine and Tide laundry products are underwriting the costs of the hotline.Questions might include how much homework a child should expect, whether repeating grades is advisable, how to help children make the most of the elementary school years and whether it is possible to select a child's teachers.