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Parent University offers free workshops to help parents support their kids in school and learn the skills they need to get a better job and take their family in a positive direction
Parent University New Haven, an initiative that aims to help parents to be strong, positive forces in their children’s education, held its second citywide day of workshops on April 6 at Gateway Community College. The April 6 session also featured an on-site College Fair.
The culmination of exciting, new parent engagement efforts launched in the fall, Parent University offers workshops, resources and networking opportunities that support parents in their roles as teachers, advocates, leaders and learners. The goal is to help parents support their kids in school and learn the skills they need to get a better job and take their family in a positive direction.
Parent University is free to all New Haven Public School parents. The citywide event Saturday included four sessions of workshops that cover a variety of academic, behavioral and life enrichment topics. Workshops included: Planning for college, how to help your child study for exams, how to support teenagers, navigating the public school system, reading with your child and fun ways to teach math. Non-academic support workshops focus on topics like: Stress management, how to protect their children from bullying, healthy eating on a budget, and raising children in an urban environment.
New Haven’s Parent University is unique in that workshops not only address how parents can support their kids in school, but also how they can enrich their own lives. Topics include tips for successful job searching, resume writing and starting your own business.
“We all know that when parents get involved in their children’s lives, they do better in school and have brighter futures. Parent University empowers mothers and fathers and grandparents to help their children be successful in life,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. “Bringing a college focus to Parent University gives parents the tools and the knowledge to support their children – from kindergarten through high school – on the path to college.”
Parent University New Haven is free to NHPS parents and includes free lunch and free child care with a youth program that includes workshops sponsored by the Peabody Museum, Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven Free Public Library, Arte Inc., Hispanic Health Council, New Haven Parks and Recreation Department and others.
Parent University is a part of New Haven’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative, which aims to make New Haven the best urban school district in America by:  raising test scores to at least the state average, reducing the achievement gap; strengthening high school graduation and reducing the high school dropout rate; and assuring every student is academically and financially able to attend college. The district is already seeing progress toward each of its goals.
According to the National Parent Teacher Association, decades of research show that when parents are involved, students have higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates. Results also show better school attendance, increased motivation, better self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol and fewer instances of violent behavior. 
Parent University New Haven is made possible through partnerships with organizations, such as New Haven Promise, the United Way of Greater New Haven, Boost!, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Gateway Community College and many others.
For more information about Parent University New Haven, visit the website,