The Parents Academy is aimed at improving public education in Camden City and helping Camden residents become better parents, better leaders in their communities, and more effective advocates for their children’s educations.
Through a range of specialized training institutes, the Parents Academy educates and trains LEAP Academy parents on the skills necessary to help their children succeed academically and to become effective participants in public schools.
Parents work with staff and each other to create meaningful partnerships, while initiatives like the Parent Educator Certification Program create a cohort of certified parent educators who are then able to train other parents, thus expanding the impact and outreach of the Academy exponentially.
The Parent Educator Certificate Program is a 24-session parent training program that certifies parents to become parent educators. The curriculum first educates parents on child development, parenthood and leadership, and school advocacy; secondly, it prepares participants to deliver the training to a new cohort of parents.
Through this effort, parent leaders are equipped with skills and approaches that are necessary to become effective parent educators, including productive communication practices, in-depth knowledge about parenting and school involvement, as well as facilitation and presentation skills.
The Parents as Partners in Child Development and Educational Change Leadership Institute is a parenting education-training program that supports parents and children as active learners and participants in the education process. The program’s curriculum uses training sessions to promote self-confidence and self-understanding and to help families increase their impact on schools and communities. Parents also receive information on available community resources and learn how to use networks and build coalitions to become effective partners with their schools.
The Parents as Educators Leadership Institute is designed to promote the idea of parents helping other parents to achieve higher levels of parenting competency and success in their children’s educations. The program meets once a week for eight weeks, and instructors work with parents on leadership skills, conflict resolution, and capacity building.
The impact of this information is designed to help participating parents learn the necessary skills for effective parenting, leadership, community service learning, and career advancement. More importantly, however, these individuals become the human resource pool from which to draw the next level of leadership, and go on to play key governance roles throughout their schools.
The Fatherhood Program is a comprehensive parent education agenda designed specifically by the Parents Academy to address the essential role fathers play in the lives of their children and families. The program, certified by the National Fatherhood Initiative’s 24/7 Dad Fatherhood Program, uses both group and one-on-one home-based settings to develop basic fathering skills and create healthy, nurturing households.
The program covers universal aspects of fatherhood, focusing on specific characteristics that a father must have in order to be a well-rounded parent and to create healthy and supportive relationships with those around him.
The Rutgers/LEAP Pre College Parents Institute is an education program geared specifically to prepare urban families and students for higher education through college awareness and experience.
The Institute provides families from 5th grade through High School with information on college preparatory and advanced placement courses, college financing, and offers tutoring services and summer academic programs. It also empowers parents in order to increase their children’s opportunities for attending college.