Mayor, Providence Schools and Paul Cuffee School Announce Opportunities for Providence Families

At a Press Conference today, March 16th, Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan F. Lusi and Paul Cuffee Head of School Christopher Haskins announced a new parent engagement initiative between Paul Cuffee School (PCS) and the Providence Public School Department (PPSD). The Providence Parent Academy will kick off this spring from March 24th June 10th. An array of sessions are offered free to participants and include Spanish language translation, interpretation and childcare for most courses.

The Parent Academy offers a menu of parent workshops and on‐going training courses on a broad range of topics such as healthy eating on a budget, preparing your kindergartner for school, stress reduction strategies, parent leadership training, adult English classes, and how to communicate with your teen. The courses are offered in partnership with community organizations that include, but are not limited to, United Healthcare, Roger Williams University School of Law, The Women’s Medicine Collaborative, RI Parent Information Network, RI Family Literacy Initiative, and Youth in Action.

The goal of the Providence Parent Academy is to help parents become full partners in their children’s education by building upon their skills, knowledge and capacity to positively impact educational outcomes for their children. Research shows that students with engaged families exhibit faster rates of literacy acquisition, earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills and behavior, and are less likely to be absent from school. Recognizing this positive correlation between family engagement and student outcome, and driven by the fact that both draw from the same students and families, PCS and PPSD came together in search of a more effective way to increase parent engagement for all Providence families.


To learn more, download the Providence Parent Academy brochure:

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Average Class Size: 20
Current Enrollment: 820
Students of Color: 96%
Female Students: 51%
Male Students: 49%
Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility: 82%
Multi-Language Learners: 19%
Students Receiving Special Education Services: 13%
Total Employees: 168
BIPOC: 45%
Female Employees: 75%
Male Employees: 25%