NYU ParentCorps has been a Zone 126 Implementation Partner since November 2013. Friends School (for children) and ParentCorps (for parents) classes initially launched at PS 17Q in February 2014. ParentCorps classes have been held in both English and Spanish and are facilitated by PS 17Q's on site social worker over the course of 14-weeks for families of Pre-Kindergarten students. ParentCorps is a family-focused, school-based intervention that supports families prior to children’s critical transition to school. Since the initial pilot, the program has continued to thrive at PS 17Q. This current school year, ParentCorps has a group of 17 parents in their Fall/Winter English session under the facilitation of PS 17Q's social worker. At a session this past month, parents were asked to praise one another, and when one parent said she felt like a failure, another parent responded with the following encouragement, "You are doing the best you can at this time, at this moment, in this world. We are doing the best we can and being able to share here, it feels good"
ParentCorps is remarkable in how they teach parents how to support their children and families. The Fall/Winter English session closes in February 2016, and a Spanish session will start in Spring 2016.