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Parent University, the DOE’s virtual learning and empowerment platform for New York City’s public school families, continues to be an outstanding digital resource for City caregivers across the five boroughs. Since fall 2020, Parent University has provided thousands of City families with hundreds of on-demand videos, live workshops, and panel discussions regarding topics like health and wellness, early childhood education, financial aid for college, special education services, parent leadership opportunities, and more—free of charge.

Anyone with an NYC Schools Account can access Parent University—parents, grandparents, and other family members or caregivers with a registered NYC Schools Account can simply log into the Parent University web portal to view any of the content on the platform.

This month, families can look forward to live courses, workshops, and presentations about adult education, SNAP benefits, and preschool options for families. For more information about these upcoming events, check out our list of events for this month below, and click through our links to register your spot directly on Parent University!

We also recommend you log into Parent University regularly, as we’re adding about 5–10 new courses every week—check out Parent University’s Course Catalog page for more info about the latest opportunities we have available!

Upcoming Events on Parent University — March 2022

Adult Education Virtual Open House

Thursday, March 17, 2022
AM Session: 10 a.m.– 11 a.m.
PM Session: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Ready to earn your high school diploma, learn English, or get a fresh start in a new trade or career path?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, and you’re over the age of 21, then join our virtual open houses to learn more about the NYC Department of Education’s programs and services available to City adults—after all; it’s never too late to do something great!

Attendees may register for either of the two virtual open houses that will take place on 3/17.

Moving from Early Intervention to Preschool

Monday, March 21, 2022
AM Session: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PM Session: 5:00 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m.

NYC families with children who receive Early Intervention (EI) services can learn more about their preschool options, including information about applying to the City’s 3-K programs as well as guidance about how to make a referral to the Committee on Preschool Special Education for special education services.

Families can register for either an AM or PM session on March 21.

Key Points for Noncustodial Parents

Monday, March 21, 2022
AM Session: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
PM Session: 5:00 p.m.  – 5:30 p.m.

Learn how child support works, which services are available, and what you need to know as a parent/guardian to understand how the HRA Office of Child Support Services can support you. This is intended for parents who have or may be considering a child support case—this is the third session of a three-part series.

Families can register for either an AM or PM session on March 21.

All About SNAP Benefits

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (Spanish)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 24, 2022 (English)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Offered by Hunger Free America, this online course helps you learn more about the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as “Food Stamps”. SNAP provides you and your family with monthly benefits to supplement your food budget and move your towards self-sufficiency.

This online course is offered both in English and Spanish.

Inclusive Preschool Options: Overview for Families

Monday, March 28, 2022
AM Session: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PM Session: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 4, 2022 (Spanish)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 11, 2022
AM Session: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PM Session: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Have a child born in 2019? You can learn about the DOE’s inclusive preschool options, including our 3-K and Pre-K programs, and get information about accessing special education services through the Committee on Preschool Special Education.

Multiple dates are available.

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Check out some of our recent courses on Parent U, now available on-demand for viewing at your convenience!

All about WIC for Parents and Caregivers

Available in English and Spanish
Total Runtime: 24 Minutes

Hosted by Hunger Free America, this course provides an overview of the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Learn how WIC provides pregnant/postpartum women and primary caregivers of young children from birth to age five with healthcare support, funding for food, nutrition counseling, and more.

This is open to all DOE parents/guardians.

How to Talk to Loved Ones about Getting Vaccinated

Available in English
Total Runtime: 1 Hour and 6 Minutes

Help ensure that your loved ones are protected from COVID-19 by helping them take the COVID-19 vaccine! Learn how to talk about the vaccine with people you care about by watching this panel of experts from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health discuss ways you can help answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

This video is recommended for all audiences.


We hope you’re able to make use of Parent University this month. To learn more about Parent U, visit our official website, check out the University’s Course Catalog, and sign into your NYC Schools Account to gain full access to all program offerings.

On behalf of the DOE, we wish you all a great experience this month on Parent University!

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