Families Invited to Join Parent University
The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties invites families across northeast Omaha to apply for Parent University. The program is known for a common-sense approach that gets results for the whole family. Specifically, outcomes show more resilient families, stronger parent-school partnerships, higher levels of school readiness and greater workforce opportunities.
Jamalia Parker, Learning Community Director of Family Engagement Services, says partnerships with families from neighborhoods clustered around the Learning Community Center of North Omaha, 1612 N. 24 Street, helped build a program that’s ready to grow. It’s easy for organizations or families interested in Parent University to apply online or call (402) 505-4301 to find out more.
“We are excited to partner with more families because dreams come true here.”
Learning Community Director of Family Engagement Services
Who Can Join Parent University?
Parent University memberships are free. Families of young children liviing within the expanded boundaries are welcome to apply. The area, primarily east of 72nd Street and north of Leavenworth, includes neighborhoods around 25 elementary schools in Omaha Public Schools.
- Families live in Learning Community Subcouncil 2 AND (check the map)
- At least one child six-years old or younger
Parent University offers one-on-one family services, along with free daytime and evening courses Monday through Saturday. Families choose opportunities to build their own skills, while learning new ways to support their children academically. Courses include parenting skills, homeownership, workforce training, wealth building, financial literacy and college planning. When parents go to class, young children have their own learning room with fun activities that promote school readiness.
For many parents, the first step is learning English (ESL) or earning a GED. Parker adds, “When families build a strong and stable future, children are more likely to be good students and narrow the achievement gap. That’s why working with the whole family is a win for our entire community.”
About the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties
The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties is an educational subdivision focused on outcomes and opportunities for children and families. It achieves impact through a collaborative network of metropolitan area school districts and community organizations. Independent evaluations demonstrate consistently strong results in early childhood education and family engagement. Recognized nationally for advancing a two-generation approach, the Learning Community creates opportunities to address the needs of children and families together. A 12-member Coordinating Council, elected by the public, guides policies that challenge the opportunity gap and strengthen our communities. Visit: LearningCommunityDS.org