Building Relationships: Designing Engaging and Relevant Parent Workshops
Migdalia Cortes, Children’s Aid
Children’s Aid parent programs focus on building relationships that equip and empower families to support their children’s academic and personal success. We do this by providing opportunities for families to engage in activities linked to learning that are collaborative and interactive, form networks of support, and, develop skills that will prepare them to become leaders in their community.
Our Parent Leadership Institute offers classes that support parents’ understanding of child development, emotional intelligence, growth mindset, self-care, and trauma. A Parent Summer Camp invites parents whose children are transitioning into the school to sample classes delivered during the school year, and travel outside of their community on outings to cultural institutions, colleges, and universities in New York City.
During the pandemic, the structure of our Parent Leadership Institute quickly shifted to a fully virtual platform in response to New York City’s Department of Education protocols, which called for minimizing the number of adults inside schools.
In this workshop you will hear how parents adapted to remote engagement to remain connected during a period of much uncertainty; managed their anxiety, stress, and losses; and continued their learning with the goal of supporting their children’s education and social-emotional wellbeing.