Our Programs for Parents and Families
Our team works directly with families through our Parent College program, located in our three network hubs of Watts, South Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, which are among Los Angeles’ highest-need communities. Through Parent College, we prepare parents to hold their children to high academic standards, create a college-going culture at home and advocate confidently for their students at school. To complement this direct work, the Partnership builds school-based capacity through Parent Centers and Family Action Teams (see below) to integrate family engagement as a critical part of school-wide goals and culture. School systems and practices foster a welcoming environment, consistent two-way communication, relationship building and the meaningful involvement of parents in student learning, community partnerships, decision-making and advocacy. The Partnership also promotes collaboration with partners to address the broader range of needs — unique to each school — experienced by our students and families in such areas as college readiness, academic support, leadership, health and the arts.
What is Parent College?
Parent College is our signature parent empowerment program to encourage parents to hold high academic expectations of their children, create a college-going culture at home, and advocate confidently for their students at school. The ongoing program — which includes “University Day”, a visit to a four-year college campus — empowers parents to exercise their rights, roles, and responsibilities to help them become engaged and informed advocates for their child’s education.
Our Parent College programs are held monthly on Saturdays for seven months in three communities across Los Angeles. The family learning sessions celebrate, educate and empower our families. Families choose from the following workshop topics:
- Reading & understanding report cards
- College access, applications, and financial aid
- Leadership & advocacy
- Restorative Communities
- Health & wellness
- Parenting & child development
Those who complete four monthly sessions are eligible for graduation, and ceremonies are held annually in the spring. For more information, contact Diana Ruiz at Diana.Ruiz@partnershipla.org.
What are Family Action Teams?
Each one of our schools has a site-based “Family Action Team,” which includes parents, teachers, community partners, students and school administrators. The multi-stakeholder groups work in five areas: 1) getting more parents engaged and involved at school, 2) increasing communication between school and home, 3) engaging parents in student learning, 4) making decisions at the school level, and 5) establishing shared accountability for achieving school goals.
Our Partnership team plays a key role in training and coaching school-based Family Action Teams and providing supports for successful team development. We also build the capacity of our teachers to engage families beyond the classroom when they lead Family Action Teams.
What are Parent Centers?
Each of our schools have thriving Parent Centers to support the needs of our families. Services can include: academic workshops, volunteer opportunities, parenting programs, and social-emotional services and resources. Our school site Parent Centers represent the interests, cultures, and values of all families at the school. Our schools play a role in building bridges among families and school staff. For more information, contact your school directly.