Parent University

Parent University

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. By partnering 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

Tuesday, February 7, 2023: Helping Teens Navigate Peer Relationships

  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools
  • Presented by Ryan Dawson, MA, LPC
  • Click here to register
  • Description: Looking for ideas and information to support your teen cultivate and maintain healthy peer relationships? Looking for tips to help your teen resist peer pressure to engage in harmful or risky behavior? Looking for strategies to reflect on your parenting skills in support of your teen? Join Ryan Dawson as he leads an interactive session for parents and caregivers to support them as they support their teen navigate peer relationships successfully.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023: Building Resilience in You, Your Child, and Your Family

  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools
  • Presented by Dr. Shelly Mahon 
  • Click here to register
  • Description: The world has changed for a variety of reasons over the last few years, but one thing remained the same – our ability to be resilient. While the challenges we’ve faced can cause fear and worry, they also create opportunities to build resilience in ways we have not been exposed to in the past. Almost a half a century of research tells us that parents/caregivers are the number one source of a child’s resilience. So, what does that look like and how do you create that environment? In this interactive conversation, we will explore what resilience looks like for you, your child, and your family. We will address myths and dig into specific strategies that leave you empowered to go home and apply what you’ve uncovered and learned. You will see that resilience is in each and every one of us, it simply needs to be grown and nurtured.

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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:

David Baker
David Baker

Professional Development Coordinator

303-702-8253 [email protected]

Paula Nelson
Paula Nelson

Program Director, Parent Engagement Network

[email protected]

St. Vrain Valley Schools