FAIRFIELD — Thirteen people graduated this week from the Effective Black Parenting Program offered by the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
The course started in last November. A recognition ceremony happened Tuesday at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
This course is a direct result of a recommendation from the Tri-City NAACP requesting that the district offer these classes to the Fairfield-Suisun School District community, according to a district press release. The first in-person program was conducted after two virtual sessions. The free 15-session parenting course is offered to interested families in the community and takes place in the evenings at the Adult School.
Tri-City NAACP President Johnicon George along with Jerri Baker and Seretha Jefferson, both members of the organization’s leadership team, met for months with Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Sheila McCabe, Holly Collins, the district’s coordinator of Parent and Family Engagement, and other school district staff to establish the program, George said in a update to Tri-City NAACP members.
A graduation ceremony was held to honor the participants who finished the program. The ceremony included personal presentations from some of the graduates who expressed gratitude for their instructors and fellow classmates, according to the press release. Many described how the lessons they learned benefited them and their families.
“It has been a rewarding experience partnering with the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School to bring this dynamic and culturally relevant parent program to families in our district,” the district’s coordinator of Parent and Family Engagement, Holly Collins, said in the release. “It is especially gratifying to hear our graduates express appreciation and share ways the program has positively impacted their lives and the lives of their children.”
The Effective Black Parenting Program is a nationally acclaimed parenting program offered through the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund. It is described as the country’s first culturally relevant program for parents and caregivers of African American children. The program was designed with the guidance and direction of African American parenting scholars and fosters effective family communication, healthy African American identity, extended family values, child growth and development, and positive self-esteem.
The next session will be offered virtually from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 10 and continuing through March 7. It will be taught by Tina Werblin and Tracy Wilson.
Registration for the next session is available through the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School. To register for the workshop series, visit www.fsusd.org/fsas or call 707-421-4155.