NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- New Haven Public Schools launched a Parent University to help parents be strong, positive forces for their kids.
Parents picking up their kids at school have a lot on their minds, many just trying to keep up with all the homework and the so called new math.
"It's very important 'cause I like to keep up with their curriculum. Everything that is going on in their school concerns me because I care about my kids," a parent, Martin Jefferson, said.
Now New Haven Public Schools are trying to help make the homework time at the kitchen table less tense, launching Parent University.
One day classes will be held at Gateway Community College designed to help parents become better tutors, basically in home teachers.
"It's very, very resourceful, whether its teaching the kids different techniques to studying, different ways to approach your child," Taneha Edwards, another parent, said.
There is a special effort to get dads to these university workshops, so they can play a role in a successful school experience for their kids.
"We want those dads or male role models to be a lot more of the education piece with children, to enhance their reading levels to improve their math skills," Keith Young, from the New Haven Public Schools, said.
School officials are trying to make it easy for students to attend Parent University, offering free transportation by bus, and even more critical free child care for students up to age 12.
"Strong parent engagment efforts are a critical part of New Haven School change. We want to help parents help their children," Dr. Reginald Mayo, the Superintendent of New Haven Schools, said.
The Parent University concept has had success in Boston and Philadelphia and classes are set in New Haven for November 3.
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