Launched in September 2020, Newark’s Parent University is using recovery dollars to offer free classes in English and Spanish to families across the city. Classes help families navigate the school system, support student learning at home, access community resources, and build professional skills. The Parent University concept can be found across the country, having gained traction during the pandemic. Newark’s Parent University stands out from others because of the variety of courses it offers and its intention to support families impacted by the pandemic.
We are spotlighting this practice because the support Newark is offering families to better advocate for their children’s learning is critical as students emerge from the pandemic. Moreover, by offering classes in Spanish, the city is targeting this opportunity to the needs of an underserved population.