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Family Support Studies

Earn a Parent Mentor Certificate

Parent Mentors are caring individuals who volunteer to help newcomer and minority families feel at home in our schools. They are Natural Leaders who work in schools, Head Start, and state early childhood education and assistance programs to provide a bridge between home and schools. They help families adjust to a new system, language, and culture. They are often bilingual and they are always bicultural.

Add to your experience helping families adjust to a new country or a new community. Gain the skills required to become a parent mentor, a family support worker, or a family advocate for any family. Develop your talent to help your community and your career.

While enrolled in the Parent Mentor certificate program, you’ll receive extra support.

  • Enhance your English reading, writing, and speaking skills. Classes are taught by both an English as a Second Language instructor and a Family Support Studies instructor;
  • Get assistance with financial aid, child care, or food stamps from a designated case manager; and
  • Use campus services such as the Counseling and Resource Center, the Career Action Center, and the Learning Support Center (writing and tutoring).

School districts or Head Start/ECEAP programs with multiple applicants, contact either:

Karen Townsend
425.640.1595 | karen.townsend@edcc.edu | Snohomish Hall 255

Christina Coiro
425.640.1981 | ccoiro@edcc.edu |  Snohomish Hall 232