Parent University

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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.

  • October 5, 2023 | “It’s Going to be Okay…I Promise” – Parenting and the Myths of Certainty and Control (presented by Jenny Hecht) – Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools, 33 Quail Rd. Longmont, CO 80504
  • October 24, 2023 | How to be the Lighthouse in the Storm – How to communicate with your kids (presented by Karen Alonge / Lighthouse) – Virtual via Zoom (link will be available closer to date)
  • November 14, 2023 | What We Want Everyone to Know About Dyslexia: The student perspective with parents/educators as the intended audience (presented by Yes! Ambassadors: Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy) – Coal Ridge Middle School, 6201 Booth Dr., Firestone, CO 80504
  • February 27, 2024 | Adolescent RISE; the development of adolescence 10-25 (presented by Nick Thompson) – Virtual via Zoom (link will be available closer to date)
  • March 11, 2024 | The Student Perspective: The Power of Self-Advocacy (presented by Yes! Ambassadors) – Westview Middle School, 1651 Airport Rd., Longmont, CO 80503

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