Parent University

Parents with students

Parent University

Parents with students

St. Vrain Parent University

St. Vrain’s Parent University program provides training, information, and resources to parents and caregivers in order to support the well-being and success of their children. Parent University partners with internal district departments, academic institutions, community organizations, and other agencies to equip families with additional skills, knowledge, and resources.

Classes offered through Parent University provide resources and information in areas such as safety, life skills, academic development, and financial literacy, and will provide families with tools that they can use to encourage their children to become successful while fostering school and community engagement.

Parent University is designed to:

  • Increase parental engagement and participation in schools.
  • Empower parents to become effective advocates for their children.
  • Strengthen home-school-community partnerships.
  • Allow parents an opportunity to network with professionals and other parents.
  • Help parents develop the skills needed to implement positive parenting practices.
  • Equip parents with the knowledge and awareness of resources available to them.

Upcoming Events

All events are from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Please note, sessions vary from in-person and virtual. Spanish interpretation will be available at every session and childcare will be available at every in-person session.

To assist with planning, families are asked to sign up for sessions they plan to attend.

  • March 6, 2024 | “Growing up in Public” (presented by Devorah Heitner) – Frederick High School, 5690 Tipple Pkwy. Frederick, CO 80504

    If you’ve ever said “I’m so glad my teenage years weren’t shared for the world to see,” this talk is for you! With social media and constant connection, the boundaries of privacy for children are stretched thin. Growing Up in Public shows parents how to help tweens and teens navigate boundaries, identity, privacy, and reputation in their digital world. Parents can expect practical insights into effectively navigating the digital world with their children.
  • March 11, 2024 | The Student Perspective: The Power of Self-Advocacy (presented by Yes! Ambassadors) – Westview Middle School, 1651 Airport Rd., Longmont, CO 80503

    YES! (Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy) Ambassadors are a group of middle and high school student volunteers with dyslexia. This presentation explores dyslexia, a very common learning difference, covering characteristics, myths, accommodations, assistive technology, and personal stories.

Partnership with PEN

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Parent University is supported through our strong partnership with the Parent Engagement Network (PEN), a community organization that has been advancing their mission to support parents in raising healthy, happy humans for over 20 years. Learn more about PEN and other learning opportunities for parents at


For more information regarding St. Vrain’s Parent University, please contact:

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Laura Hess

Assistant Superintendent of Special Education

[email protected]

Paula Nelson
Paula Nelson

Program Director, Parent Engagement Network

[email protected]

St. Vrain Valley Schools