The Buffalo Public Schools’ new Parent Centers are up and running inside four schools across the city.
The centers were developed by the district to provide parents with both assistance and learning opportunities.
Each of the four locations provides on-site support – such as computers to write resumes and do a job search, or help navigating the citizenship process – as well as free workshops and other resources and information to put parents and guardians in a better position to help their children succeed in school. Parents also can learn the roles of various departments in the district.
The aim is to increase parent engagement in district events and activities as well as in activities within the individual schools, said BPS officials, who celebrated the grand openings with a ceremony Monday evening at Bennett High School, where one of the centers is located.
The four centers are in the South, East, West and Northeast corridors of Buffalo and will operate under a schedule that provides parents with access from as early as 8:30 a.m. on some weekdays to as late as 8 p.m. on others. Later this school year, the centers also will be open two Saturdays per month.
Other resources coming soon include mobile health clinics, legal clinics and referrals to services and programs, district officials say.
The sites were designed with a collaborative approach involving parents, parent groups and community-based organizations such as Say Yes Buffalo, the Parent Network, Every Person Influences Children, BPS Adult Education and other departments.
The centers’ free workshops are open to all parents and guardians of students enrolled in Buffalo Public Schools as well as home-schooled children.
Workshop topics will include:
• Understanding and supporting what’s expected of students at each grade level
• Understanding the importance of school attendance
• An overview of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching
• Understanding the transition to high school and to college
• Grade-level math and writing strategies to help their children improve
Parents can register for and access a complete listing of workshop offerings and information through the Parent Center link on the school district’s web page www.buffaloschools.org.
Parent Center locations and hours are:
• Bennett High School, 2885 Main St.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, and 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
• East High School, 820 Northampton St.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, and 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
• Lafayette High School, 370 Lafayette Ave.: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
• South Park High School, 150 Southside Pkwy.: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
For more information, call 247-5310, ext. 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.