Children’s Aid Parents Graduate from Pepin Leadership Institute

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They arrived early to set-up their work - decorations, upholstered furniture, dresses and curtains.  Their family and friends oohed and awed at the creativity and obvious hard work. Great things are always happening at  Children’s Aid Community Schools.

On Saturday, June 5th, nearly 400 parents from five Washington Heights Community Schools graduated from The Children’s Aid Society Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership Institute at the Mirabal Sisters Campus. The Institute offers guidance on navigating the school system in order to improve their children’s education. While getting empowered to advocate for their children in their schools, the Institute also offers parents educational and personal enrichment of their own. Parents can take GED, literacy, technology or child care licensing classes. Courses in upholstery, dress making, wood and fabric painting and culinary arts are also available. Many of their finished pieces, edible or wearable, decorated the school’s cafeteria for all eyes to see.

The parents were greeted and congratulated by New York State Senator Bill Perkins, New York State Assembly Members Adriano Espaillat and Herman Farrell and New York City Council Member Robert Jackson. On hand to award the “We Are New York” Conversation Program certificates for English was Anthony Tassi, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Adult Programs.