Danbury Parents Invited To Learn More About Kid Issues At Family University

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Parents and children are invited to the annual Family University. It will be held Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury.
Parents and children are invited to the annual Family University. It will be held Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Danbury Public Schools is offering all parents a chance to learn about the tools they need to help their children succeed in school and in life as it hosts its annual Family University. 

The Family University will be held Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rogers Park Middle School, 21 Memorial Drive, Danbury. Registration is requested by Friday, March 21, and can be completed online. The fee is $10 per family. 

"We are encouraging parents to take the workshop on the new Common Core standards and on the new food policy," said Anne E. Mead, administrator of early childhood education and extended learning programs for the Danbury Public Schools.

Organizers say parents of children of all ages are encouraged to attend. Parents are encouraged to bring along children ages 3 and up.  

The conference offers seminars and activities for everyone. While parents are in workshops, their accompanying children are engaged in age-appropriate activities. 

The theme of this year's event is “Great Expectations: Together We Can Achieve More.” It is sponsored by Danbury Public Schools, Danbury Board of Education, Mill Ridge and Morris Street Family Resource Centers, Danbury Family Learning Center and Sodexo.

After a breakfast and welcome by Superintendent Sal Pascarella and Board of Education Chairwoman Eileen Alberts, parents will participate in their first seminar followed by the keynote presentation.

Keynote speaker Dr. Anthony E. Wolf will present a program on “Parenting Kids Today – Practical Solutions To Make The Job Easier.”

The second seminar will be after lunchtime, which includes demonstrations, vendors and time to talk with Board of Education members, the keynote and others that provide services for families.

The selection of morning sessions includes an Interactive Seminar on the Common Core Standards, Supporting and Motivating Black and Latino Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Cyber Safety, and Healthy Eating. Afternoon sessions include Common Core Standards, Violence in Video Games and Effects on Children, Parenting the Positive Discipline Way, and Fostering a Positive Transition to Kindergarten.

While their parents are in the seminars, children will be engaged in arts and crafts, science activities, music and movement, physical education and cooking. They will also have an opportunity to meet the Danbury Whalers hockey players and Danbury Westerners baseball players and visit with the district’s Literacy Caravan.

Family University is a year-long set of seminars for parents. The Danbury Family Learning Center in conjunction with its community partners sponsors multiple seminars in different languages all with the purpose of helping parents to be well educated about the Danbury Public Schools and engaged in ways that help their child student be successful in schools.

A full list of courses and course descriptions can be found online at the district website.

Registration is requested by March 21. The fee is $10 per family, and the form is available at www.danbury.k12.ct.us. You can register by mailing a check to the Family Learning Center at 49 Osborne Street, Danbury, CT 06810. 

Walk-ins will also be welcome at the event.

For more information, call 203-797-4734.

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