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Parenting & Family

Palo Alto Adult School parent participation preschool helps children and adults form lasting community connections.

For 70 years, we have offered preschool programs organized primarily for parent education. Parents develop a deeper understanding of early childhood development and parenting skills through adult discussion classes, formal and informal observations, and community exchanges. The school provides children and their families a nurturing play-based curriculum helping children develop in all areas including creativity, cooperation, peaceful conflict resolution, positive communication, fine and gross motor skills and kindergarten readiness. Our unique participatory structure allows parents to be involved in their children’s preschool education. Please contact the school for more information.

    (Class limited to 15 students)

    A class specifically for families with English as a Second Language who have children in the Palo Alto Unified School District. (** No longer available for the Spring quarter. Class will be offered again in Fall 2018.**)

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: March 13 to May 8
    (No class: March 27, March 29, April 3, and April 5.)
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Hour: 7–8:30 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P9

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Prerequisite: Children must be enrolled at Palo Alto Unified School District
    Price: No Fee *
    Instructor: Anjani Sarma, asarma@pausd.org


    Palo Alto Adult School and Barron Park Elementary School offer individualized classes for parents who want to learn English and help their children with school.

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Instructor: Susan Stevick and Nikki Holt


    Palo Alto Adult School y la escuela primaria de Barron Park ofrece clases individuales para los padres que quieren aprender inglés y ayudarles a sus niños con su tarea.

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Instructor: Susan Stevick and Nikki Holt


    Tutoring underserved youth for a brighter future!

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Instructor: DreamCatchers Tutors

  • PARENT PROJECT® (Offered in English or Spanish)

    The Palo Alto Police Department, in partnership with the Palo Alto Adult School, offers the Parent Project. This national program was created for parents with strong-willed teens.

    Duration: 12 wks
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6–9 p.m.
    Address: Greendell Rm P4

    Quarter: [Back in Fall 2018]
    Price: $120 per person / $155 per couple - includes workbook, light dinners, childcare for children ages 3–15
    Instructor: Palo Alto Police Department Staff

    4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

    PreSchool Family is a parent education/participation program, serving families with children from birth through five years.

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Instructor: PreSchool Family Staff