In 2010, passionate parents attending a Believe 2 Become community meeting responded to the question, “How do we help our children reach their full potential?”
With the guidance of LINC Community Revitalization, one group of parents formed an action group called Parent University.
In 2012, several of the parent-leaders joined a more expansive design team to create the framework and a robust offering of classes for Parent University. This design team of parents, aided by Evolve!, Believe 2 Become, Grand Rapids Public Schools, LINC Community Revitalization, Kent School Services Network, and Creative Change Mission, spent more than 100 hours putting the details together for a 2013 fall launch.
As articulated by the parents, the Parent University vision is to “Help parents be strong advocates of their children’s success.” The parent and community steering committee of Parent University welcomes everyone to join the ranks of Power Parents, helping children succeed.
Want to submit a course proposal?
Are you a local organization, parent, teacher, school leader, or other community partner interested in contributing to Parent University in the future? Submit your course proposal online today.
Submissions are reviewed by the Parent University Curriculum Review Committee. The Committee convenes as needed for the purpose of reviewing and selecting courses for Parent University.
Criteria for course selection are as follows:
Course must address at least one of the four areas of focus:
- Effective Parenting
- Personal Growth and Development
- Navigating the Educational System
- Health and Wellness
- Course uses researched, evidence-based curriculum and information.
- Course defines a skill or enhances awareness students will take away from their experience.
- Course is culturally sensitive and content is inclusive.
- Course is relevant, current, interesting, and addresses the needs of families.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that classes offered in English will have a Spanish translator if more than five parents need the class in Spanish. Likewise, if a Spanish class has more than five parents that want it in English, a translator will be provided. Parents are always welcome to bring along a personal translator, as well.