DPS to open three Parent Resource Centers next week

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, April 13, at 5 p.m for the district’s new Parent Resource Center at Central High School, located at 2425 Tuxedo.

Two additional Parent Resource Centers, located at Brenda Scott, 18400 Hoover, and Marcus Garvey, 2301 Van Dyke Street, will open on Thursday, April 15. Centers are also slated to open at Priest, Cody and Taft. A seventh Parent Resource Center is located in the DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd.

The sites are expected to offer coffee talks on parent engagement, expert-led workshops, child care, GED support, job training, support groups, MEAP assistance, uniform and coat drives, book clubs, sessions on Title I programs, college information, health and fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and more.

The centers are part of Detroit Public Schools’ “Parent and Community Engagement 2.0,” a plan that includes increasing parent involvement by opening seven school-based parent resource centers that will provide training and resources to parents of DPS students, helping them be involved in their children’s education.

This Title I initiative, which has been developed with input from parents and guardians, community leaders and the Detroit Parent Network, aims to involve many more parents and guardians in their children’s learning by shifting the focus of parent involvement operations to collaborative support and community interaction, which highlights the District’s objective toward collective responsibility to improve student achievement.

The in-school centers, to be geographically placed across the city, will be comfortable spaces for parents and guardians to meet. They are designed to involve, connect and empower parents to help children reach academic success and serve as a hub for training and resources.

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