BCPS launches Parent University initiative
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:29

Program offers web resources, workshops

by Nicole Rodman

    Parents have a lot on their plates.
    In an effort to provide resources for today’s increasingly busy families, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has launched a new initiative called Parent University.
    The program was introduced during superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance’s State of the Schools address on April 2.
    Parent University, accessible online at www.bcps.org/ParentU, offers a variety of information, from online resources to in-person workshops.
    For BCPS, Parent University is a recognition that parents are the primary teachers of their children.
    As a brochure for the initiative noted, “BCPS Parent University was created to support parents as teachers who guide the learning of their children and as learners who want to acquire skills to better assist their children.”
   

According to Dr. Dance, the program is all about empowering parents and students.
    “The BCPS Parent University empowers families to be even more effective supporters, advocates and role models for our students and represents yet another way that Team BCPS is united in its commitment to success for every child,” he explained.
    On the Parent University website, parents can access academic resources, including benchmarks for each grade level, learning activities for students and information on tutoring.
    Parents can also find  information on health and wellness through links to various services, including the Community Assistance Network, the Baltimore County Health Department, the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County and more.
    Parent University also provides resources for parental enrichment.
    Parents visiting the site can find information on continuing education at the Community College of Baltimore County, English language instruction, GED preparation and county employment resources.
    As part of the Parent University initiative, BCPS is also offering a series of free workshops throughout the spring.
    The workshops focus on such topics as raising children with special needs, building a resume and dealing with bullying.
    For a full schedule of workshops, visit www.bcps.org/parentu/
schedule.
    For more information, visit www.bcps.org/
ParentU or contact BCPS Parent University at 410-887-0365 or parentu@bcps.org.