Family Capacity Building & Support

Provides opportunities for your family to get involved and gain support as you build your capacity to help your child reach educational success.

Is your child starting preschool or in K-12? Are you just learning English, technology or advocacy? There are parent groups, reading clubs and multi-session courses available to serve all BPS families.

Programs & Initiatives


ESOL Classes

Offers Boston families Level 1, 2, and 3 ESOL classes to build the language and communication capacity of parents.
Contact: Parent University, Carmen Vega, 617-635-9747, or visit, Parent University

Parent Child Book Clubs

Engages parents and children in shared reading and builds understanding of how to read for enjoyment and deep comprehension. Contact: Parent University, Alice Levine, 617-635-7750, or visit, Parent University

Parent Essentials

Teaches parents BPS basics to build their capacity to advocate for and support their children. Contact: Parent University, Caitlyn Tengwall, 617-635-7750, or visit, Parent University

Play to Learn Groups

Parent-Child Playgroups provide early education for children, support for parents, and connections to BPS schools.
Contact: Countdown, Sonia Gómez-Banrey, 617-635-6816, or visit

School Parent Council (SPC)

SPC establishes an independent “voice” of ALL BPS parents through advocacy for students and schools. The SPC elects representatives to the School Site Council (SSC), promotes student learning and school improvement. Contact: School Support, Monica Lynch, 617-635-7750, or visit, School Site Council.

Talk Read Play Campaign

Provides Boston families with children ages birth to five with information about child development milestones, activities to support growth and learning at home. Contact: Countdown, Josette Williams, 617-635-9288,, or visit,

Contact Us

Cyntoria Grant, Director
Parent University

Sonia Gómez-Banrey, Director
Countdown to Kindergarten