Read the story in the New haven Register: New Haven Schools Offer Extra Help for Parents
Welcome table aims to help parents navigate the registration process and prepare children for the first day of school
NEW HAVEN – As part of a larger effort to increase parent engagement and make Central Office easier to navigate, New Haven Public Schools Superintendent Garth Harries launched a welcome table in the atrium of the Board of Education, 54 Meadow Street.
The welcome table is staffed daily by two NHPS employees, including a Spanish-speaker, as well as two parent volunteers during busy hours. It features useful information about registration, school uniforms, early childhood education, Parent University and local back-to-school events. The table and team of volunteers aim to give parents a warm and friendly “welcome” as well as a helping hand during the busy back-to-school season. The welcome team will be on hand from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 19, to Friday, September 13.
“Getting a child ready to go back to school is exciting, but it can also be stressful for parents. We want to make sure that parents who come to Central Office with questions are greeted by a smiling face and a person who can help them find answers,” said Superintendent Harries. “One of our most important missions as a school district is to empower parents to be advocates for their children and leaders in their education. The first step to engaging parents is making them feel welcome and respected from the school level to Central Office.”
In planning for the welcome table, NHPS staff consulted the Citywide Parent Leadership Team on what kinds of questions parents have most frequently. Additionally, staff used feedback from parents reached through this week’s Kindergarten Canvass to shape the kinds of information provided at the table. The goal is to streamline processes around school readiness, especially registration, during the busiest time of the year.
In addition to the welcome table at Central Office, the school district has posted a Back to School Central link on its webpage,, with information about school orientations, uniform and bell times, health forms, registration and the school calendar.
“Family and Community” is one of the four pillars of New Haven’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative, which seeks to raise academic achievement, improve the graduation rate and make sure every graduate has what it takes to succeed in college, career and life.