Parents as lifelong learners  

Parents learn new skills through our Bilingual Parent Resource Center.

December 08, 2008

Chicago Public Schools offers bilingual parents with English Language Learner students a place where they can learn, develop new skills, and meet members of the community all in one central location.

 

The Bilingual Parent Resource Center (BPRC) provides workshops and classes designed to educate parents in addition to enhancing student achievement.

 

Who can use a BPRC?

 

Any parent who has an English Language Learner (ELL) student can access the services provided at our BPRC. The main center is located at Perez Elementary School, 1241 West 19th Street. In addition to the services offered at the central location, parents can also access the services provided through the BPRC at any CPS school.

 

Parents can utilize the center in a variety of ways:

 

  • Plan ahead. Call the center before a visit to confirm operating times.
  • Walk-in. We encourage parents to visit our BPRC and register for any of the workshops offered at the center.
  • Learn more about BPRC through our other organizations. The Office of Language and Cultural Education offers information city-wide through the cluster Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings. Information is also sent to schools and Bilingual Lead Teachers can request two workshops per year at his or her school.

 

BPRC resources

 

The BPRC acts as a one-stop-shop for parents, community leaders and funding partners. It serves as a central location to help parents support not only their child's education, but also their own.

 

The BPRC provides the following resources to parents:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes: Parents can take Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes starting in October through the first week of May.
  • Technology classes: In collaboration with the Tecnológico de Monterrey, parents can learn basic and advanced computer skills and web page design. More than 500 parents have graduated from the Tecnológico de Monterrey program.
  • Parent workshops: Topics range from education to self-development to social and community issues.
  • In February 2007, the Bilingual Parent Resource Center established a relationship with the Adler Planetarium providing a new avenue to the Latino community. In March 2008, 60 parents from Hurley, Cooper and Perez Schools participated in the Science Program, which was composed of workshops focusing on topics such as global warming, the earth's atmosphere, and recycling. 

 

Bilingual Parent Resource Centers serve thousands of parents in Chicago public schools citywide. This accomplishment has been made possible due to the partnership and collaboration with the National Museum of Mexican Art, SER Central States, the National Center for Family Literacy, the Alder Planetarium, Frida Kahlo Community Organization, Mexican Consulate and the Tecnológico de Monterrey of México.

 

These partnerships have brought in more than $3 million in services to parents and students at CPS during the last five years. This funding has allowed the BPRC to implement comprehensive family literacy programs, provide a wide range of workshops, and assist in obtaining much needed information and resources to more than 100 schools in the CPS system.

 

Learn more about the BPRC programs or call 773-534-7698.