APS parents see success with ‘Parent University’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of APS parents have spent the school year attending classes as part of a new program called Parent University.

Now, APS officials are deeming it a success in a report released Friday.

“We’re not just the parents that drop them off at school and let the teachers worry about them and go about their day,” said program participant Stephanie Sedillo.

Sedillo and Celina Riboni’s kids go to Barcelona Elementary school in southeast Albuquerque.

They are the first parents at their school to attend Parent University and test out the new program offered at five Albuquerque elementary schools.

The parents attend monthly sessions to learn about APS, and to learn how to help their kids succeed. So far, they’ve taken classes on the APS budget, graduation requirements, homework tips, and even healthy meal preparation. They say all of it has made a difference for their kids.

“It gives them more confidence knowing that we’re part of their education, that we really care about their education,” said Sedillo

“Research shows when parents are involved in their student’s education, the child tends to be more successful in school and life. And so the whole idea is through the school to get more parents engaged,” said of Kris Meurer of APS.

APS officials say that parent feedback — and speaking with the principals from each school — helped prove the success of the program.

“They said the parents that went really stepped up in their leadership roles in their school, have really helped with their family engagement in their schools,” said Meurer.

Next year, more parents will be selected to participate, and there will be classes open to all parents.

They also plan to expand Parent University by putting it in 20 more elementary schools and five middle schools.

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