The Hemet Unified School District’s new Parent Resource Center is already bringing parents to the site to learn how to help their children achieve better in school.
The parents, through the center located in new offices and classrooms at 26866 San Jacinto St. (adjacent to the Aspire School) now have a better opportunity to learn about their children’s schooling. Questions are answered by a highly qualified bilingual staff and classes offered weekly to help parents learn how to help their children in school become better educated.
It is a welcome addition to a school district – one of the largest in the state – that has almost 51 percent of its students enrolled considered of minority races and 88 percent seen as economically disadvantaged, according to the district’s 2016 enrollment figures. Most of the students in the district are of Latin or Mexican descent. English as a Second Language are priority classes in the schools.
The classes offered at the PRC teach parents to be informed and positive about their children’s education, master the English language, provide better nutrition, learn the necessary technological skills needed to advance in a competitive world and how to improve their own social skills.
“It is an opportunity for us to connect our families and those who are taking care of our children that we serve to bring them in to provide them with the resources they might not have access too or to connect them to the right place to support what they need as the adults who are taking care of the child,” said HUSD Superintendent Christi Barrett. “It is an effort to recognize this a partnership with families and insure that our families have what they need to be successful.”
“A lot of time parents don’t know where to go for help with their children in school,” explains Carlos Navarro, director of Equity and Community Outreach for HUSD and the PRC. “They can come here to empower themselves so they can help their own kids.”
He said the parents have a free opportunity to improve or learn the English language if they need it to check their children’s homework and what they are learning. “They can become more literate for their children.”
Assisting Director Navarro at the PRC are: Andrea Lara Pierce, Parent Engagement Specialist; Miriam Ortiz, District Community Liaison; and Amelia Trinidad, Administrative Secretary III.
Only two weeks since the center celebrated its grand opening a number of parents have attended the Parent Project, Jr program that began Tuesday, Sept. 18, and a DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Informational Workshop & Renewal Application Assistance workshop.
The center has new offices with the most up to date computers available to parents along with small meeting rooms. There are three classrooms for the different classes and a child care center for the children of parents attending the classes. The child care and classes are free and available during the parent classes.
The DACA workshop was presented by TODEC legal center (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) that brought information about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and what services they offer the children of qualified undocumented immigrants who need to renew their documents before they expire Oct. 5, 2017.
PRC beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 6, is scheduling a “Triple P, Positive Parenting Program” that will help parents with simple routines and ways to help their children from 2 to 12 years of age to develop positive attitudes, skills, and behaviors that will help them realize their full potential. The program will continue every Friday morning.
Working in cooperation with Mt. San Jacinto College PRC will provide a Multi-Level English as a Second Language on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 9,. The classes are free. The ESL Classes presented by MSJC College of Adult Education are already underway at Hamilton Elementary School at 57550 Mitchell Road in Anza and at the college and will continue through Dec. 15. Registration for the ESL classes can be made by calling the PRC at (951) 765-004 or call MSJC Continuing Education at (951) 487-3707 or at their webpage msjc.edu/ce. Classes are offered at a first come first serve basis.
The Resource Center will start a “Nutrition/Health Education-Champions for Change” class on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Oct. 12.
Planned are classes in Computer/Technology Literacy and High School Graduation Requirements and College Resources.
For more information about the HUSD Parent Resource Center call (951) 765-0004, fax (951) 765-0005 or see the PRC webpage at parentcenter.hemetusd.org or tweet @HUSDparents. Facebook HUSD Parent Resource Center.