• Felisa Rincon

January/February 2021 Events & Workshops for Families

Parent University

Parent University ( is a course registration and management system where NYC families can find free trainings on a wide range of topics. Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood, and seeks to educate and empower them as partners and advocates through free courses, resources, events, and activities.

Since we officially launched on November 24, 2020 we have:

· 175 Courses

· 50 Resources

· 27K Users

· 93K Visits

For more information, including flyers in different languages, please visit the DOE’s Office of Family and Community Empowerment.

Haven't joined us yet? Watch this short tutorial to learn how to create an account.

Then go to to log in and enroll in one of our upcoming live, web-based courses!

· CCEC Roles and Responsibilities – RESCHEDULED TO 2/8/2021 @ 6:00 pm

· PA/PTA Financial Reporting - 1/12/21 @ 10am

· Family Fun Night: A Day in the Life of Literacy - 1/26/21 @ 5:30pm

Or check out one of our newest pre-recorded, on-demand courses!

· Parent University Tutorial

· How to Create an Account in Parent University

· How to Enroll in a Course in Parent University

· How to Use Captions and Transcripts in YouTube

· Yeti, Set, Snow!

· Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre "Puppet Time"

· Meditation Monday with Karine Plantadit

· SummerStage Studio: Tap with Ayodele Casel

· Yoga Basics with Richard Barcia

We hope to see you on Parent University!

Free Family Engagement Curriculum - Ready4K - 2021 Webinar Dates

Ready4K is an evidenced-based family engagement curriculum shown to increase student growth by two months. The curriculum empowers families by texting them simple, achievable ways to incorporate learning into everyday moments. Families can get messages in Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish, or Vietnamese. We have also incorporated messages linking families to NYC resources like food and health services. Ready4K comes at no cost to your families or your program.

If your school is interested, have an administrator register here for a January or February 2021 Ready4K Onboarding Session. Select the date and time that best fits your schedule from the drop down menu. Families can also sign up directly by texting “NYC” to 70138. Pass this excellent program along to your families today!

Teaching Reading for Families: What Everyone Should Know about Reading in English

Tuesday January 12, 2021

7:30 PM

This session is designed to give parents the basic theory and practice of good reading instruction and to enable them to have a repertoire of research-based activities to move the reading process along. Many of these activities can be done while cooking, driving, cleaning, shopping and the myriad of other things parents have to do as they raise their children. This session focuses on integrating everyday reading and using oral language at home with your child.


Lavinia Mancuso, Everyone Reading


Jose Rios Lua, Director of Family Empowerment and Communications

Register here

The INCLUDEnyc Fair

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Join Anytime From 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Registration required:

INCLUDEnyc is a non-profit providing training and information for young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them.

Learn more about organizations and programs supporting young people with disabilities. Based on your preference, connect with representatives via chat, audio, or video to learn more about Summer Camps, After School, Recreation, Athletics, Art, Dance, and Music Transition Services and College Supports and Services.

More information here.

YAI’s Independent Living Skills Program is enrolling new applicants for the 12-week winter group.

Groups will be offered through Zoom video meetings.

Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, starting in February People aged 18+ can come to learn and socialize around topics like decision making, relationships, planning, and more. To register, please complete the application. Program also includes parent education sessions to bring the skills home. Groups are for adults 18+ who live with their families in Manhattan. Intake and OPWDD eligibility required.

YAI and its network of affiliate agencies offer children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services.

For more information, please call YAI LINK at 212.273.6182 or email

Or visit YAI’s website

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