The philosophy of Parent University is that parenting, like other types of education, is a lifelong learning process.
The City School District of Albany launched its Parent University program in the spring of 2015, and it continues to grow and evolve. We launched the project in all our middle schools, since this is the point at which parent involvement tends to drop off dramatically. Middle school also is a time when many students' grades, attitudes and behaviors take a turn for the worse -- a trend here in Albany, throughout the state and across the nation.
With that in mind, the goals of Parent University are:
- To connect more parents and guardians to their children's school
- To create productive and open relationships between parents and guardians, children and schools
- To empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life
- To provide parents with tools to raise confident, successful children prepared to live and work in the 21st century.