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Parents learn how to support their child’s learning

POSTED October 14, 2009 12:15 a.m.
The Turlock Unified School District is seeking parents’ help in making sure their children are prepared for the rigors of school. In an effort to better cement the collaboration between parents and educators, the district is offering classes for parents through the Parent Institute for Quality Education.
“The only way to accomplish things with the students is by working with the parents as a team,” said Judy Huerta, coordinator of the Headstart program and school readiness program.   
The classes for parents are being offered at Cunningham, Osborn and Wakefield elementary schools and will emphasize the need to establish a foundation for reading, as well as what children need to be ready for kindergarten, how to prepare for a better world for their child, insuring health and well-being of their child, and how to obtain the support of educational, health and social services in the community.
The first class was held last week with the topic of brain development in children, Huerta said. They will be having their second class today at 5:30 p.m. at Wakefield Elementary, with the topic being health and nutrition.      
These are classes for parents of pre-kindergarten children to help start their children off right, Huerta said.
The original request for these classes was brought to the district from the parents to learn more about discipline, Huerta said. The idea is to help parents set rules, stick by them and learn to give consequences.  
“We are helping parents at this time with the little ones,” she said.
There are classes being taught at Wakefield until Dec. 2 and starting in January, classes will be taught at Cunningham and Osborn elementary schools. The classes at Wakefield will be taught all in Spanish. The classes at Cunningham and Osborn will be taught in English.  
There is no cost for parents to attend these classes, Huerta said. The classes are for seven weeks and there will be six classes taught. Each class is one and a half hours long and is in the evening.        
Last year, there were 17 parents involved at Wakefield, 18 at Osborn, and 22 at Cunningham, Huerta said. Parents who have children at any TUSD school are welcome to attend the classes.
“The parent is the child’s first teacher,” Huerta said. “We can’t work with the child without the parent.”  
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015. 
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