DETROIT (WWJ) – The kids may be taking a break from school at the end of this month, but Detroit Public School parents in many communities will be heading back to the classroom.

WWJ’s Pat Sweeting reports that Parent Resource Centers, located in eight Detroit Public Schools, have become very popular — logging a number of visits by DPS parents and grandparents who are now able to access educational opportunities via workshops offered in their own communities.

“We have really changed the focus on the way that we deliver parent involvement programs and workshops. We’re bringing in programs to the parents at convenient times, in parent-friendly settings, and really talking about topics that are of interest to them,” DPS spokesman Steve Wasko said.

“We’ve really changed our mindset, in terms of how we do that and really have focused everything that we’re going on answering a really simple question. That is how can we help a parent be a better parent?” Wasko said.

DPS parent Vanessa Harris said she’s pleased with the project.

“Because a lot of parents can’t get from point A to point B. A lot of parents don’t have transportation.  So, having it here in the school makes it a lot easier,” Harris said.

A variety of Parent Resource Center workshops will be offered during Winter Break.  The latest topics include income taxes, playing while learning and putting together an academic tool kit.

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