Providence Parent Academy Engages Parents in their Own and their Children’s Education

For a second year, the Providence Parent Academy (PPA), a community-driven initiative, will offer courses designed to empower parents to improve conditions for their children. Guided by proven positive correlation between family engagement and student outcome, and driven by the fact that both draw from the same students and families, Paul Cuffee School and Providence Public Schools came together in search of a more effective way to increase parent engagement for all Providence public school families. The PPA offers high-quality courses through partnerships with various experts in the public, private and nonprofit community. Last year, approximately 300 families were able to benefit from PPA courses, whether it was learning English, gaining valuable social media safety knowledge or learning how to navigate the financial aid maze.

Research has proven 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. By strengthening the connection between school and home, the PPA aims to build parents’ confidence to engage with schools and to teach them how to effectively advocate for the needs of their children.

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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%