The Parent University's Mission is to promote parental participation through extended learning to strengthen their child’s school experience and well-being through ongoing education. Parent University is a series of parenting classes designed to train and empower parents of school age children. Parenting is a lifelong learning process and Parent University provides ongoing support to parents in various aspects of academic support, parenting challenges, managing home finances, learning new skills and refreshing old ones.
Parent University drives home the importance and connection that parent education assists children with their educational needs. This is a way in which the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) provides parent education classes in a positive environment with the support of local businesses and community organizations.
Commitment to Parent Education
Duarte Unified supports parent education by dedicating funds from Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) to support Parental Involvement which is one of the eight areas of state priority that are addressed in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) under (1) Efforts to seek parent input and (2) Promotion of parental participation. AEBG’s goal that supports parent education falls under current legislation for programs for adults that are designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school.
We hope that the name, Parent University can become recognizable in the Foothills of the Upper San Gabriel Valley to parents as they may be making a move into a new community or visiting with friends and relatives. In this way, we hope to establish a base of learning that can be promoted and engaged in by parents in Duarte and surrounding cities.
Classes are conducted by:
- D’Veal Family and Youth Services
- Foothill Federal Credit Union
- City of Hope
The topics chosen for Parent University are chosen through parent surveys and meetings, i.e., DELAC, School Site Counsel, PTA, etc. The topics include issues that will attract a wide variety of parents to the classes. In addition, these topics will appeal to parents of children in all age ranges and be broad enough to attract parents with differing parenting philosophies. Class topics may include: How to Fund College? Dealing with Anxiety and Depression, Dream Act, ESL Literacy, and Helping Children with Homework, just to name a few.
For more information on Parent University please contact Kevin Morris, Director of College, Career and Community Services at 626-599-5901.