Bronx Borough President Diaz and Mercy College School of Education Open Center to Empower Parents to Support Children’s Education and Provide Top-quality Resources

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Mercy College School of Education are pleased to announce the opening of the Bronx Parent Center, an innovative program empowering parents to support their children’s education through workshops, resources and leadership development.

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Mercy College School of Education are pleased to announce the opening of the Bronx Parent Center, an innovative program empowering parents to support their children’s education through workshops, resources and leadership development.

"This new program will help empower parents and provide them with the knowledge and the skills to support their children's educational experience. A parent's active role in the education of their child plays an important role in their child's academic achievements and success. Education remains an important focus of my administration and my office will continue to support innovative ways to increase parent engagement so that all Bronx students can succeed," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

The Center will offer parent workshops on such topics as managing problem behaviors, strategies to support special needs children, helping with math, read-aloud strategies, parent leadership and hands-on technology.

“Mercy College was founded on a vision dedicated to student success, innovative spirit and giving back to the community. Today, over sixty years later, we carry on these traditions with the opening of the Bronx Parent Center,” said Mercy College President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “The Center serves as a valuable resource to parents through workshops and leadership development.”

The Center will also serve as a training ground for Mercy College School of Education students to engage with parents in educational decision-making, as well as a research base for School of Education faculty to investigate best practices in parent engagement. The Center was generously outfitted with capital funding from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s office.

“The vibrant faculty of the Mercy College School of Education is delighted to be offering their professional expertise to support our Parent Center - this will be a paradigm for the rest of the region to follow, since we strongly believe that parents are the most neglected part of the 'education equation,” said Mercy College School of Education Dean Alfred S. Posamentier.

About the Office of Borough President

The Borough President works with the Mayor to prepare the annual executive budget submitted to the City Council, reviews and comments on major land use projects, and proposes sites for City facilities within his jurisdiction. The Borough President also monitors the administration of City services and engages in strategic planning for the economic development of the borough. He appoints a representative to the New York City Board of Education and the New York City Planning Commission. The Borough President also appoints the members of the Community Boards and is the Chairperson of both the Borough Board and the Borough Services Cabinet. Among other distinctions, the Borough President sits on the New York City Off-Track Betting Site Selection Board, and is a trustee of the New York City Employees' Retirement System. The Borough President's Office also houses the Borough's Topographical Bureau, which is responsible for maintaining the borough's official maps, and assigning street addresses.

About Mercy College

Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. The PACT program was featured as a “Best Practice” for retention and career services by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). http://www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO

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