Parent University

Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | Melrose High School

Parent University had a record number of registrations this year, with parents and caregivers spending the morning learning techniques to better support their students! Check out the article in The Melrose Free Press!

A morning of workshops for caregivers and community members focused on education, parenting, and related topics. The event is FREE.

Parent involvement leads to higher rates of academic success for children. Melrose Parent University is designed to increase caregivers’ ability to support students, and help both caregivers and community members understand current trends in education.

Parent U featured keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Willard, a clinical psychologist and consultant specializing in mindfulness. He spoke about increasing resilience and reducing stress and anxiety for children, teens and families.

There were many wonderful workshops this year!


8 – 8:30 Registration, coffee, childcare drop off

8:30 – 9 Welcome and address by Superintendent Cyndy Taymore

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote presentation by Dr. Christopher Willard

10:10 – 11:05 Session 1

11:15 – 12:10 Session 2

12:10 – 12:30 Wrap up/raffles

Brought to you by the Melrose Education Foundation and Melrose Public Schools. Keynote speaker sponsored by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition and the Melrose Substance Abuse Coalition.

Thank you to our generous local partners — Rockland Trust, Joy Healthy Life, and the Melrose Public Library, as well as our many individual donors, volunteers and board members.

Onsite Babysitting

Free babysitting is available for children ages 3+; all children must be toilet trained. Babysitting is provided by high school students from the Melrose Veterans Memory Project, supervised by MHS teacher Lisa Lord.

Kids will enjoy story time with a Melrose Public Library children’s room librarian and movement with Joy Fay of Joy Healthy Life.

Please note – registration for babysitting closes one week prior to the event.

Be sure to fill out an exit survey at the end of your session. Survey participants will be entered in a raffle drawing.


Do you have an educational topic that would benefit our community? The Melrose Education Foundation has sponsored Family Engineering Nights, Parent University, and forums on subjects such as student success. If you have a topic of interest, tell us more! We are always looking for great ideas to bring education to our community. Please contact us to pitch your idea!