What is Parent University?
Parent University is a community collaborative led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. CMS partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence.
What is the Goal of Parent University?
The goal of Parent University is to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school, and in life. Workshops are held in schools, public libraries, YMCAs, houses of worship, businesses and other community locations. Workshop range from topics like Helping Your Child Prepare for the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course Tests, to Preparing for Kindergarten, Middle and High School, to Surviving Adolescence. More than 70 course topics are available for families. View some of our accomplishments and see what others are saying about Parent University,
Why Be Involved?
Research has shown that parents can increase a child's academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved within Parent University. Volunteer opportunities are available, click this VOLUNTEER link for more details.
Parent University will offer courses in four primary strands:
Strand I is Parenting Awareness. These offerings will provide information that can empower parents to raise confident, educated children ready for the 21st century. Strengthening parents means strengthening children.
Strand II is Helping Your Child Learn in the 21st Century. These offerings will provide parents information about how to support children’s academic opportunities and challenges today.
Strand III is Health and Wellness, and these offerings will support information and activities to help families build healthy lifestyles physically as well as emotionally.
Strand IV is Personal Growth and Development. These offerings will help parents to grow personally and professionally, so they can become the most effective advocates for their children.
How Parent University was developed and how to submit curriculum
CMS convened numerous focus groups with parents, faculty, employers, community members, agencies serving parents and others yielding information about parent needs. Focus groups were geographically and demographically diverse.
We interviewed leaders from a dozen other similar efforts across the nation to determine best practices. CMS schools were surveyed to determine current parent offerings, and agency partners were interviewed to determine their programs in this area.
A Curriculum Review Committee developed specific topics and courses to be offered. The committee includes CMS staff, members of the health and human services community, the public library, higher education institutions and other agencies that serve families. Click here to review the criteria for courses and how to submit curriculum for Parent University.
The Parent University Advisory Council has business and community leaders to further guide the work.
Parent University will provide an array of offerings to appeal to all families. It will feature traditional class and workshop settings offered by CMS staff and community partners as well as unique assemblies and electronic delivery.