March 12, 2021

Parent University: Update from the Office of Arts & Special Projects

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Dear Arts Partners, 

We are excited to let you know about a new resource from the NYCDOE called Parent University! 

Launched in November 2020, Parent University is a learning management system that offers a centralized catalog of courses, live events, resources and activities to help the DOE and community connect with families and support students. The platform offers all New York City parents and family members access to live and on-demand courses and resources across multiple discipline areas and grade bands. It also serves as an outlet for the DOE and community partners to share events, information, and updates with families. 

 Parent University is accessible on all devices and integrated with Google translate. As of January 2021, Parent University has seen over 45k users and 132K visits. 

We need your help! We are currently building our course catalog for the spring semester and are interested in learning about the FREE family-facing trainings and events you offer. 

If you want to know more about this opportunity or are interested in submitting a live or pre-recorded course to be hosted on the Parent University platform, please contact Laura Agrusti at 

Also, please help with the promotion of Parent University by sharing the information below with your contact lists and social media. 

Additionally, please share your upcoming events and resources for inclusion in our family and family facing staff newsletter which is sent on Friday afternoons. Please feel free to share anything you would like to publicize to Shona Gibson by Wednesdays for inclusion in that week’s communication.   

We look forward to collaborating with you as we continue to create a unique and powerful engagement experience for NYC’s parent and family community.  

Thank you, 

The NYCDOE Parent University Team 


Parent University ( seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education.    

We currently offer 250+ pre-recorded, on-demand, and live, web-based courses and they cover a wide range of categories including:   

  • Adult and Continuing Education 
  • Arts  
  • Early Childhood Education   
  • Enrollment    
  • Fitness  
  • Health and Wellness  
  • Multilingual Learners   
  • Parent Leadership    
  • Remote Learning and Technology    
  • School Buildings and Operations    
  • Special Education    

To take a tour of Parent University visit this short tutorial or read the press release from our official launch. Visit Parent University today at!  


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