State Assemblymember Espaillat to help launch new Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership Institute at Children's Aid Community School

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Goals include helping parents to help their children, themselves

Ellen Lubell: (o) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan: (o) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

Wednesday, July 18
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Salomé Ureña Middle Academies
4600 Broadway at 196th Street (entrance on 196th Street)

Approximately sixty parents of students at Children’s Aid Society community schools* in Washington Heights/Inwood will participate in the kick off of a new parent leadership institute on July 18 at the Salomé Ureña Middle Academies, a public middle school campus in Washington Heights.

The goal of The Ercilia Pepín Parent Leadership Institute at The Children’s Aid Society is to guide parents so they are well informed and become strong advocates for their children in their schools. The institute will also provide opportunities for the personal growth and education of the parents, including ESL, GED and technology. The kick-off on July 18 will also offer a services fair with representatives of Children’s Aid (in health insurance enrollment and foster parent recruitment) as well as other local CBOs. Organizations invited are Safe Horizons, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Audubon Partnership for Economic Development, and Latinas en Accion.

Assemblymember Adriano Espaillat has provided initial funding for the institute, “because of my commitment to creating a legacy of vocal parent advocates,” he said. He will speak about how the institute will empower parents of the community to understand and navigate the educational system “so that they actively participate in the education of their children.”

In addition to hearing from Assemblymember Espaillat, parents in attendance will hear from parents who were members of an earlier group, who will be talking about their experiences. Each parent will receive a book at the kick off that they can read to their children.

The Parent Leadership Institute is named after Ercilia Pepín (1886-1939), a noted educator from the Dominician Republic. She was a dedicated, innovative educator, feminist, patriot and author. She first became an educational leader at the age of 15, and went on to become a national figure.

* In 1992, The Children’s Aid Society created a community school model that has been widely adapted throughout the U.S. and the world. Children’s Aid partners in 22 public community schools in New York City, where the schools are partnerships with the Department of Education. The Children’s Aid Society provides out of school time programming for children and adult education and provides a wide array of needed services for the students, their families and the community directly in the schools. Children’s Aid was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving over 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with abroad array of services. For additional information please call 212-949-4938 or visit