What is Parent University?
Local parenting experts, who serve as "professors", teach courses that range from educating parents about conflicts resolution to developing their family's financial literacy. Parent University courses include:
- Boys to Men: How Single Mothers Can Raise Them
- The Money Game: Managing Household Budgets and Teaching Children to Earn, Save and Invest
- Reducing Stress in Parents/Guardians and their Children
- Black Cultural Awareness for Family Development
- How to Make Your Child a Better Reader
- An Introduction to Technology for Parents
- About Sex: Talking to Your Teenager
- Successfully Keeping Your Child Away from Gangs, Drugs and Other Destructive Activities
The Toyota/Black Star Parent University was created to address a long-standing challenge parents who need additional support to build stronger families and ensure the proper education of their children. The Parent University, designed for Chicago public school parents, is available to all parents throughout Chicago. Classes, which are also available in Spanish, are held in schools, community centers, libraries, churches, park districts and other parent-friendly locations.
Why is Parent University important?
A recent study by the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools shows that parent and community involvement improves student achievement. Regardless of race, income or language barriers, the benefits of parental and community involvement for students include:
- Higher grade point averages and higher scores on standardized tests
- Higher enrollment in more challenging academic programs
- More classes passed and credits earned
- Better school attendance
- Less retention
- Improved behavior at home and school
- Better social skills and adaptation to school
Who do I contact to schedule a Parent University at my school or organization?