CPS Launches Parent University 

New program to help parents become lifelong learners

March 26, 2015

Building on the momentum of its Parent Engagement Centers, CPS has joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in launching Parent University – a program that will provide CPS families with the chance to become more engaged in their children’s education while advancing their own learning.

Housed at Miles Davis Elementary, Spencer Technology Academy, and Roberto Clemente High School, Parent University sites will include a computer lab, a parent resource room, an office area and an activity room, and will provide parents with numerous opportunities, including GED and College Bridge programs and academic support in core content areas.

“With this new effort, we will help more parents support the success of their children,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Parent Universities are another example of how we can work together to invest in the success of our children while also making sure that their parents and the entire community have the resources necessary for a brighter future.”

The Parent University concept was born from the 5-Year Action Plan put in place by CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in 2012. Pillar 3 of that plan calls for Engaged and Empowered Families and Communities, recognizing that parental support plays a critical role in the successful education of children.

The goal of Parent University is to provide CPS parents with a new outlook on education and the learning process – experiences that will transfer into positive outcomes for them as well as for their children.

“We are inviting parents and community members to engage in the learning process while also providing students with real-life exposure of what it means to be a lifelong learner,” said CEO Byrd-Bennett. “Parent Universities will allow the entire family, students and parents, to reap the benefits of CPS resources.”

All Parent University activities are free of charge for CPS parents and guardians. Families can register at www.chicagocityoflearning.org/parentuniversity.

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