DPS to open two new Parent Resource Centers today

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546

Detroit Public Schools will open two new Parent Resource Centers today as part of its Parent and Community Engagement 2.0 initiative, which aims to raise student achievement by helping parents to become more involved in their children’s education.

The centers are comfortable community gathering spaces equipped with multiple computers as well as phones, sofas, flat-screen TVs, small libraries, play areas for children and more.

The centers are expected to offer expert-led workshops, child care, GED support, job training, support groups, MEAP assistance, book clubs, sessions on Title I programs, college information, health and fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, coffee talks on parent engagement and more.

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting event for the center at Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke St., will take place at 5 p.m. A similar opening ceremony at Brenda Scott, 18400 Hoover, will take place at 6 p.m. Tours of the facilities will begin at 3 p.m. at Garvey and 4 p.m. at Brenda Scott.

Today’s openings follow the highly successful launch on Tuesday of the Parent Resource Center at Central High School. Centers are also slated to open at Priest, Cody and Taft. A seventh Parent Resource Center is located in the DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd.

This Title I initiative was developed with input from parents and guardians, community leaders and the Detroit Parent Network. It is funded, in part, with a three-year $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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