Course Catalog

Effective Parenting

Baby Scholars — Infants

You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher. Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER. For 10 weeks a certified parent coach will come to your home and show you how positive parent and child interactions can help your baby’s language, social, and brain development. Date and time will be determined by parent and Baby Scholars Staff. For parents and their infants five to 19 months.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1021
Once per week In-Home Determined by parents English
EP1022
Once per week In-Home Determined by parents Spanish

Baby Scholars — Toddlers

You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher. Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER. A 10-week quality curriculum with trained professionals helps you help your little one learn how to follow directions, take turns, recognize sounds and letters, and use more words. Families work with trained coaches one day each week. You choose which day and time works best for your family. For parents and their toddlers 20 to 35 months.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1031
Once per week In-Home Determined by parents English
EP1032
Once per week In-Home Determined by parents Spanish

Baby Scholars — Preschool

You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher. Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER. A 10-week quality curriculum with trained professionals helps you help your little one learn colors and shapes, develop prereading skills, and be ready for kindergarten. Parents work with trained coaches for one day each week, while children participate in preschool classes. For parents and their preschoolers 3 to 5 years old.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1041
Once for parents, Twice for children Southeast Academic Center Determined by parents English
EP1042
Once for parents, Twice for children Early Learning Center Determined by parents Spanish

Leading Strong Families: Parents in Charge

Are you running the kids or are they running you? This class helps you strengthen your home leadership and puts you back in charge. Learn three key skills that can be used in any situation to turn things around in your family and relationships. Enjoy this fun-filled workshop packed with storytelling, role playing and real life situations. Confidently lead your family toward success and wellness.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1091
Thursday Palmer Elementary 6:30 - 8 p.m. English

Early Learning Play Groups

A weekly, 90-minute program that helps get young children, ages 1-5, ready to succeed in school! Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are welcome and will receive a free book to take home.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2051
Mondays Madison Square Church 10 a.m. English
EP2052
Mondays Harrison Park Elementary 4 p.m. English
EP2053
Tuesdays Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy 3:30 p.m. English
EP2054
Wednesdays Messiah Missionary Baptist Church 9 a.m. English
EP2055
Wednesdays Hope Reformed Church 10 a.m. English
EP2056
Thursdays Booth Family Services 10 a.m. English
EP2057
Thursdays Coit Creative Arts Academy 2:30 p.m. English
EP2059
Fridays Burton Elementary 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Spanish

Special Parent Series for Families of Children with Autism

Helping My Child with Autism Overcome Everyday Challenges- Tom Caffrey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is an internationally recognized speaker and does workshops on Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism and low incidence children. Tom's extensive use of video featuring actual case studies and his ability to make complex material understandable makes this a valuable workshop.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2070
Tuesday Grand Rapids Public School University 5:30 - 8 p.m. English

Personal Growth and Development

GED Completion

Completing the GED opens up opportunities for job training, employment, and higher education. Come to this orientation and learn what it takes to complete your GED and then return each week to enjoy learning in a supportive environment until you reach your goal.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
PG1011
TBD Beckwith Mornings and evenings English

Smart Spending, Smart Savings Community Meet Up

Empower yourself to create wealth where you live and for your children’s future. Join us and hear from people that know how. Please share this opportunity by bringing others in the community. Speakers: Maggie Anderson, Eugene Mitchell 5:30PM – • Sign In • Meet & Greet • Food 6:00PM – Presentation Sponsored By Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Public Schools, B2B, Parent University Speakers sponsored by New York Life Parent University Financial Literacy Class Credit Available
Section Number Day Location Time Language
PG7000
Wednesday Ottawa Hills High School 5:30 - 8 p.m. English

Take Action Against Bullying

Bullying can—and does—happen anywhere. And when it happens in schools, it can harm students physically and emotionally and impede their ability to learn. It is best to stop bullying before it starts. Learn how to identify the various types of bullying and the appropriate action you can take as a parent. You’ll leave with a better understanding of bullying, as well as tips you can give your child to help them feel safe and supported.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE1021
Tuesday Kent Hills Elementary 6:30-7:30 p.m. English

Navigating the Educational System

Challenge 5: The Importance of Attendance

One of the first steps to being successful in school is showing up. You'll become more familiar with the Grand Rapids Public Schools attendance policies and procedures, as well as learn what tools and resources are available to help your child attain a successful attendance record.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE2001
Thursday Dickinson Academy 6-7 p.m. English
NE2002
Monday Mulick Park Elementary 6:30-7:30 p.m. English
NE2003
Wednesday Cesar E. Chavez Elementary 6:30-7:30 p.m. Spanish
NE2004
Tuesday Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy 6-7 p.m. English
NE2005
Tuesday Stocking Elementary 6:30-7:30 p.m. English
NE2006
Tuesday Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 6-7 p.m. English

Using the Internet to Help with Homework

Parents will learn the benefits of databases and learn how these are connected to the GRPS's curriculum so that students can use them when doing homework. They will also learn how to access and search databases and learn the difference between databases and websites.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE2010
Tuesday Grand Rapids Montessori at North Park 6-7:30 p.m. English

Bilingual College Fair

This is the largest bilingual college fair for Latino students and families in Grand Rapids and is hosted by the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE3010
Thursday Cesar E. Chavez Elementary 6:30 - 8 p.m. Spanish

Teaching your child to be a critical reader and thinker

This course will help all parents and caring adults that work with young children assist them to become critical readers and critical thinkers. You will build the following skills: predicting and asking questions, doing book walks, going over vocabulary, and re-reading help for high academic achievement and understanding when reading.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE1031
Wednesday Dickinson Academy 6-7 p.m. English

Khan Academy: Help Your Student Tap into the Power of Math!

Parents, mentors, and other caring adults want to feel equipped to support their child’s learning. With Khan Academy, helping your child with their math homework just got easier. Learn how to use Khan Academy with your child, engage with their learning, provide academic support, and help with homework! This free online resource offers educational assistance for students and their parents. Attend this workshop and go forward feeling more confident and empowered to help your students succeed in school.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE1041
Wednesday Burton Middle School 4:15-5:15 p.m. Spanish
NE1042
Wednesday Riverside Middle School 5:30-6:30 p.m. English
NE1043
Thursday Alger Middle School 5:45-6:45 p.m. English
NE1044
Wednesday Sherwood Park Academy 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m. English
NE1045
Tuesday Palmer Elementary 5:45-6:45 p.m. English

Health and Wellness

From Couch to 5K

How long have you been sitting on that couch? Are you ready to complete a 5K walk or run? This fun course is for any person who is interested in completing their first 5k or conditiong to remain active to complete another 5k. All levels are welcome. This is a Heart Healthy Happy Course.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1001
Mondays The Y Healthy Living Hub at New Hope Baptist Church 5:30 - 6 p.m. English

Zumba

Dance your way to a healthier you with Zumba. This fitness class is fast-paced and fun, perfect for all ages and abilities. Walk-ins welcome!
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1021
Mondays and Tuesdays The Y Healthy Living Hub at New Hope Baptist Church 6-7 p.m. M and 12-1 p.m. T English
HW1022
Tuesdays Alger Middle School 7-8 p.m. English

Kickboxing

It’s a serious workout… and a ton of fun! Get fit with this kickboxing class—great exercise for all ages and abilities. Walk-ins welcome!
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1031
Wednesdays The Y Healthy Living Hub at New Hope Baptist Church 5:30-6:30 p.m. English

Diabetes Prevetion Program

If you are at risk for type 2 Diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you will be able to recover your health.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1070
TBD Cesar E. Chavez Elementary TBD Spanish