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Parent Education Program History

The Parent Education program was started over 50 years ago by Mrs. Toll through Glendale Community College with just 2 classes. In the following year, 1953-1954, classes grew to 9 and it became evident that better communication between the classes was needed. As a result, the Glendale College Parent Education Association, or GCPEA, was born!

The Program now offers 22 classes at 5 locations throughout the Glendale and La Crescenta areas. The program serves over 1200 parents and their children by providing a high-quality preschool observation program which allows for learning and development for both the parent and the child. While children are introduced to a school environment and the opportunity to socialize with other children, parents learn parenting skills from professional parent educators through observation of the children and participation in class discussions. Topics of discussion vary depending upon the age of the children and/or the everyday experiences of the parents.

All enrollees in the Parent Education Program are part of the Glendale College Parent Education Association, a non-profit organization that is an auxiliary member of the Glendale College Foundation, Inc. In addition to facilitating communication between the classes through class representatives and class reporters, the Association arranges informative speakers, and sponsors various activities throughout the year. All of the events and behind-the-scenes work is guided by a group of 14 voluntary officers (4 elected and 12 appointed) known as the Executive Board of Directors for the Association. In addition, the Parent Education Director serves as advisor to the Board, and is the official spokesperson for Glendale College on all matters of program policy.

Funds raised by the Association are put right back in to the Program to purchase equipment and toys for the children, improving the safety of our play structures and the classroom locations at large, and purchasing educational materials for parents and children. This not only benefits current students, but future students, as well. The Association greatly depends on the contributions of others (businesses and individuals) to maintain its success and existence in the community.