DPS to open three additional Parent Resource Centers next week

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-8401

Celebrations will mark opening of centers at Priest, Cody and Taft

Detroit Public Schools will open three additional new Parent Resource Centers next week as part of its Parent and Community Engagement 2.0 initiative, which aims to raise student achievement by helping parents to become more involved in their children’s education.

The centers are comfortable community gathering spaces equipped with multiple computers as well as phones, sofas, TVs, small libraries, play areas for children and more.

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

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting event for the center at Taft Middle, 19501 Berg Road, will take place at 5 p.m. May 4. The opening ceremony at Cody, 18445 Cathedral Street, will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, and festivities for the opening of the center at Priest Elementary, 7840 Wagner Street, will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday May 6.

Refreshments will be served and tours of the facilities, along with demos and resources will be offered from 3-6 p.m. each opening day.

Next week’s openings follow the highly successful launch of the Parent Resource Centers at Central High School, Marcus Garvey Academy and Brenda Scott Middle. A seventh Parent Resource Center is located in the DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd.

This Title I initiative was developed with input from parents and guardians, community leaders and the Detroit Parent Network. It is funded, in part, with a three-year $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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