KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Public School District wants more parents to feel empowered to be a part of their child’s learning experience. To help parents feel comfortable, the district is opening its first Family Empowerment Center.
The center, located at Central High School, opens Thursday. At first, it will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and available by appointment at other times during the weekday.
Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., KCPS will host an open house at the center, located at 3221 Indiana Avenue.
The empowerment center provides resources, tools, books and other items to help parents feel capable of engaging with their children, teachers and school staff.
“I think a lot of times parents do themselves a disservice in thinking they're not equipped to handle helping with homework at home maybe because you didn't have calculus, you don't feel like you're prepared. But there are a lot of different ways that parents can be engaged and support academic learning at home,” said Courtney Adams, the district’s family and community outreach coordinator.
Adams said research proves students perform better academically and have better attendance when their parents are engaged in their school life.