Parent Engagement is at the Heart of Educating Every Newark Child

NPS Acknowledges Nearly 100 Parents for Participating in Monthly Workshops for Students

[Newark, NJ, July 2, 2018] Parent engagement is at the heart of educating every Newark child, according to the office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE). For the last two years, the office of Family and Community Engagement has hosted monthly parent meetings in each of the city’s five wards to engage parents in their child’s education. More than 130 parents and/or family members attended the event.

The Parent Engagement Meetings were developed to provide an opportunity and an open forum for parents to engage in their child’s academic experience, to learn more about the many resources and programs of Newark Public Schools and to work with other parents to move all of our children forward according to Margarita Muniz, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement.

Roger Leon, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools said, “Parent engagement is essential in everything we do at Newark Public Schools. Access to NPS leaders and information are key to parents understanding how to be the best advocate for their child and to navigate the many resources offered by the school district.”

For the last two years, the F.A.C.E. office hosts a dinner to show our appreciation to the many families who have participated in our programs. The 2018 dinner included more than 80 families and 100 people. Ms. Muniz said, “On behalf of my staff, we want to thank Superintendent Leon for joining us for dinner and the parents and family members who have taken advantage of our programs and services.”

She added, “Parent appreciation night is yet another occasion to acknowledge and celebrate the value of parent/guardian engagement in our schools and their contribution to academic achievements. Tonight we honored 96 parent advocates who volunteer and donate of their time within their school community.”

Members of the Newark Board of Education were also in attendance at the event, as well. Dates for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted after school opens in September.