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ESL and GED Prep Classes for Parents

The Paterson Parent University is offering two separate programs for parents: an 11 week program that gives parents a basic working knowledge of the English language and a 13 week program that provides basic preparation for the GED exam. Details can be found in this flyer.

Family Resources

Family & Community Engagement

Promotion & Retention Policy

The Importance of School Attendance

Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school, every day, on time unless properly excused pursuant to NJ state law (NJSA 18A:38-25) and District Policy #5200.

Failure to cause a child to attend school regularly and on time can result in parent & child referral to municipal court for truancy and a fine. For further information please contact your child’s school or the district’s Office of Student Attendance at 90 Delaware Ave.

Online Parent Involvment Library

 Parents! Explore The PPS Parent Institute Library and gain access to a great knowledge-base of parenting subjects featuring Reading, Building Responsibility, Motivating children, Self-Esteem and more. Our library also features materials in Spanish language.


Parent Involvement Library

Paterson Parent University

"Supporting Parents so they can support Children"

Paterson Public Schools' Paterson Parent University provides a wide selection of courses and workshops to help parents become great support systems for children. PPU is open to parents of Paterson Public School children and are available at locations throughout the distict. Check our Course Schedule for Locations, Dates, and Times. For more information

CLICK HERE FOR SPRING COURSE SCHEDULE  or call us at 973-321-0880.

Better Nutrition For A Better School Day

Make sure your child receives the free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast to which they may be entitled. Fill out the attached form (bilingual) and send it back to school with your youngest child. Instructions are available in English or Español. Only one application is needed per family. A video tutorial to help guide you through the application process can be viewed here in English or Español

Your child may also be eligible for free or low cost health insurance through Medicaid. Information and a form are available here (bilingual) 


This Grade level Expectation Guide for Parents is a great way for parents to understand what is academically expected from Paterson Public School students. Parents should use this document as a tool to focus their conversations with their children and teachers around staying on track for academic success.

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Information for Homeless School-Aged Youth

If your family lives:

  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • On the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives

Read this important document to learn about your rights and protections.

Project Child Find - Help Is Available

If a Paterson Public Schools’ student is having problems in their physical, social, communication, cognitive or sensory development, parents may contact Mrs. Patricia DiGiaimo, Director of Special Education Programs, at 90 Delaware Ave., Paterson or call the Department of Special Services at 973-321-0639 to obtain further information regarding help for students with potential disabilities.