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Family/Community Empowerment
Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Please share this resource with your school community by emailing these flyers to families (translated versions of the flyer are available on the Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) family-facing webpage).

Additionally, staff members can submit a course to be hosted on the Parent University platform by completing the Parent University Course Submission Form.

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Parent University Information

Parent University is a collaboration of resources and course offerings to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. It is an initiative designed to inform, involve and empower families of students in the city’s public schools. Parent University offers parents and other family members a variety of meaningful classes and workshops that will add to their existing skills and give them opportunities for continued growth and development.

Parent University offerings are for parents and caregivers of students enrolled in any of the Syracuse City Schools and/or one of the following non-public schools: Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral at Pompei, Most Holy Rosary, All Saints Elementary, Eagle Wings Academy, Faith Heritage, Jowonio, Ihsan and Merriday School. Classes are open to grandparents, single parents, aunts, uncles or even an older sibling who is a primary force in the life of an SCSD or identified non-public school student.


Parent University offers families a variety of FREE classes and workshops.  These classes are designed to add to existing skills, provide opportunities for additional growth and development and positively contribute to children’s academic and social-emotional success.

The Syracuse City School District recognizes the connection between student success and family engagement.  The SCSD established “Parent University” to increase parental engagement and to contribute to the academic and social-emotional success of our school children.  The goals of Parent University include providing support for families so that they may achieve personal academic and non-academic goals; providing parents and families with the necessary resources to support their children’s emotional growth and development; and increasing the number of parents who feel positively connected to their child’s school. 
A sampling of classes offered this year include:

  • Parenting Young Adolescents

  • Getting Organized: Creating a Special Education Notebook

  • Learning with the iPad

  • Defensive Driving

  • Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

  • Credit Ability — Building a Strong Credit History

  • CPR

 Parent University also offers “Breakfast & Books”  and “Lunch & Learn,”  where participants can enjoy a meal during the class or take their lunch or breakfast to go.


Registering for Courses

Registering for classes is easy!  You can register online using one of the links on the side of this page or complete a paper copy of the registration form and mail or fax it to our offices.  You can also drop off a completed registration form in the main office at your child's school.  Lastly, please call us at the Parent University office at 435-6275 to register over the telephone.  If you register for a class that meets over several weeks, you only need to input registration information for the first day of the class.


Who can take classes?

Classes are available for parents and/or other adults who are caregivers of children enrolled in a SCSD school or one of the following non-public schools:  Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral at Pompei, Bishop’s Academy at Most Holy Rosary, All Saints Elementary, Eagle Wings Academy, Faith Heritage, Jowonio, Ihsan School of Excellence and the Merriday School.


Can my children attend classes with me?

Some classes are family-oriented where children are welcome; however, the majority of the classes are for adults.  Check the recommendation listed for each class.



Childcare is offered for all evening and Saturday classes.  Parents must register in advance to ensure childcare.



Any family needing language translation must make arrangements with the Parent University office by calling 435-6275 as soon as possible.  Translation services will be provided based on availability.


Transportation vouchers are now available for parents/caregivers to attend Parent University classes.  Please notify the Parent University office at the time of registration if you will need a voucher.  Bus vouchers will be given for round trip travel to and from classes.  Two vouchers per registrant, per class, will be provided.