On-site Parent Programs

PEN wants to ensure that all parents around our district have access to the information and resources they need to support their children’s school success. So, in addition to our regular programs, we are available to offer on-site Parent Programs on the topics listed below.

On-site programs are available to all preschool and K-12 schools in the PUSD area serving a significant number of families whose children qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Programs. Workshops are available in English or Spanish.

School Administrators or parents interested in scheduling free on-site workshops should contact PEN’s Director of Parent Engagement Laura Diaz or text her at 213/434-4000.

Parents of Preschool-aged children

Ready for Kinder (Transition to Kinder Part 1): How to help children get ready for the transition to kindergarten, cut-off dates for kinder vs. transitional kinder, Information about local schools, basics of school choice and Open Enrollment (offered September-November). 

The Right Schools for My Child (for parents interested in participating in Open Enrollment): How to evaluate schools using multiple factors, how Open Enrollment works, dates for school tours, where to apply, and how to get help. (October-January).

Open Enrollment Hands-on Help: Individual help completing the online Open Enrollment application.  Only available during the Open Enrollment time period.

Kindergarten Here We Come! (Transition to Kinder Part 2): What parents need to know about what kinder is like, how schools work, what teachers expect, how to support their children at home, how to communicate with teachers and other school staff, ways to get involved, and skills so they can advocate for their child. (March-August).

Parents of School-aged Children

Welcome to Kinder! What new Kinder parents need to know NOW to help children start school on the right foot...from how much sleep children need, to communicating well with their child’s teacher, to becoming a parent leader at their school. (August – November)

The Road to Success: This workshop will help K-5th parents to support their children’s school success at home and at school.  Parents will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to be a school volunteer, advocate, and leader.  We’ll cover common obstacles, focus on strengths, set goals, and share ways to get the support that parents and students need to be successful. (March – June)

Parents As Leaders: Choose from either a training or from five 10- to 20-minute interactive workshops designed to help your PTA, ELAC, AAPC or other parent group function more effectively.


Important! Parents who wish to include PEN’s on-site programs in their school’s parent engagement workshop list should communicate with PUSD’s office of Family Community Engagement (Elizabeth Palomares or Suzanne Berberian) and request 1-2 topics early in the school year.



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Our Parent As Leaders programs are supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation and the Pasadena Community Foundation.