It's a one-stop shop for parents wanting to add more tools to their toolbox.
"Parent Camp is an opportunity that was designed many years ago that allows parents the opportunity to receive free resources, training, and support from local and national vendors," explained Aaron Baughman, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services at Northville Public Schools.
Northville Public Schools in partnership with Northville Educational Foundation are offering a free conference to any parent in the area because we know it takes a village to raise a child.
"I would just encourage parents to think about Parent Camp and attending because as a parent myself of students here in this district, or just a parent in general, this is an opportunity like no other where you have some of the most highly qualified and talented professionals from across the state and sometimes even the country who have information and resources and answers to some of the most difficult parenting things that we face," said Baughman.
There will be three breakout sessions that will last about an hour each. You'll be able to pick from about 20 different topics.
"It’s really just a general kind of widespread offering to parents, everything from college planning for their kids to academic support to mental health and wellbeing, parenting support, and everything in between that you can imagine," said Baughman.
And new this year will be a Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair which anyone can attend on its own or in conjunction with the breakout sessions. Parents will be able to walk around and explore more than 35 vendors.
"Those resources are going to range from mental health services, so we might have a table from Trinity Health and IHA, Everybody versus Stigma, different counseling centers for our parents to visit, we’ll also have wellness type tables that will include Alliance of Therapy Dogs. And we’ll also have resources that are specific to families that have children that have special education services like Michigan Alliance for Families or SEPAC," explained Beth Santer, Executive Director of Special Services at Northville Public Schools.
Come join us at Parent Camp on Saturday, February 4th from 9-2pm at Northville High School. The breakout session list will be posted closer to the event on NEF's website.