Nearly 400 Parents to Graduate from The Children's Aid Society Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership Institute

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Parents in Washington Heights Receive Educational and Vocational Support

Contact:

Ellen Lubell, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864, ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org

Emily Crossan, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742, emilyc@childrensaidsociety.org

When:

Saturday, June 5, 2010
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where:

The Children’s Aid Society Mirabal Sisters Campus Community School
21 Jumel Place at 168th Street
Washington Heights

What:

Nearly 400 parents from five Children’s Aid Society community schools in Washington Heights will graduate from Children’s Aid’s Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership Institute on Saturday morning.

The Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership Institute offers guidance on navigating the school system in order to improve children’s education, and also offers parents educational support of their own. Parents can take GED, literacy, technology or child care licensing classes. Vocational courses such as upholstery, dress making, wood and fabric painting and culinary arts are also available.

These lessons in leadership can lead to increased opportunities - one recent graduate was hired as the Parent Coordinator at a public high school.

An exhibit after the ceremony will showcase some of the parents’ work.

Who:

The Children’s Aid Society operates 22 public community schools in New York City in partnership with the Department of Education as well as many community-based, school-district and health partners. A Children’s Aid community school combines best educational practices with in-house health, social and child and youth development services to ensure that children are physically, emotionally and socially prepared to learn. Open six days a week, 50 weeks a year, community schools become the centers of their communities, offering services and programs for parents as well as children and a home for community programming.

Parents and staff will be available for interviews in both Spanish and English.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org, or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

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