200 come out for Parent University on Saturday!

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 a citywide day of workshops on April 26 at Gateway Community College.
A major component of exciting, new parent engagement efforts launched last year, 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 three sessions of workshops that cover a variety of academic, behavioral and life enrichment topics. Workshops included: What You Need to Know about Common Core, Anti-Bullying Tips for Parents of Special Needs Students, Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Planning for College, and Stress Management for Families.
“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 Garth Harries. “This year’s focus on ‘Transitions’ was designed to help parents support their kids at key transition points, such as moving on to kindergarten or first grade, entering high school, or preparing to college. The key is always preparing our students for success at the next level and parents play a huge role in that mission.”
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 help all students rise to success in college, career and life by:  closing the achievement gap; strengthening high school graduation and reducing the high school dropout rate; and ensuring every student is academically and financially able to attend college.
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 the United Way of Greater New Haven, Boost!, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, New Haven Promise, Gateway Community College, and many others.
For more information about Parent University New Haven, visit the website, www.punh.org.