Hidden Sparks Announces Establishment of Parent Education Center in Queens
Hidden Sparks, in partnership with Catapult Learning, will be opening a Parent Education Center (PEC) in Queens. The program will be the first in the borough to serve parents within the Jewish day school community and will officially begin offering services in time for the 2021-22 school year. Upon its launch, the Hidden Sparks PEC will partner with 20 Queens Jewish day schools and parents of students in the Title I program. Participants are expected from Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Forest Hills, Jamaica Estates, Rego Park and Far Rockaway.
Through a virtual center with a dedicated staff, parents will be eligible to receive guidance, counseling and participate in workshops if they have a child that receives DOE services through the Title I program that focuses on improving English language and math skills for struggling students. Parents will be able to attend these one-on-one meetings and group sessions at no cost.
The individual sessions and workshops, will offer support and mentoring for parents seeking help with homework strategies for their children, help them to promote their child’s extracurricular reading, as well as organizational and executive functioning skills. They will also offer parents support in helping guide their child’s emotional development in areas like building self-esteem, effective communication skills, positive discipline, and setting boundaries. Hidden Sparks plans to partner with local day schools by offering parent workshops and by being available to accept referrals from school principals and guidance staff.
Hidden Sparks is currently recruiting a Director for the center. Click here for more information on the open position.