Hartford Parent University helps parents advocate for their children in school district

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HARTFORD--More than 60 Hartford-area parents have been working hard to learn the skills needed to be an advocate for their kids and others in schools.

On Wednesday, they officially graduated from Hartford Parent University, a non-profit organization that started back in 2012. The program meets five times throughout the school year. There are workshops in both English and Spanish on important topics such as student-centered learning and knowing your rights as parents.

Executive Director Milly Arciniegas said that with the skills the parents have learned, their voices will be heard.

“We teach them there are rules and policies administrators have to adhere to. They will go all the way up to the state Department of Education if need be,” said Arciniegas.

Samanth Pacheco, an HPU graduate, didn’t know what to expect when she started the program last October.  But she says it’s made her a better parent.

“I see myself as not just a parent, but a role model out in the community,” said Pacheco.

The program has tripled in size since it started in 2012. The next group will get started in October.

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