SCS Provides Educational Support for Mom Congress
April 6, 2009 – Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has announced it will serve as the educational provider to the Mom Congress on Education and Learning, an initiative celebrating and connecting mothers working for education reform.
The Parenting Group, publisher of Parenting and Babytalk magazines, officially launched the Mom Congress during a news conference held in Riggs Library on March 24.
As the educational provider, SCS will offer up to 20 scholarships each year to members of the Mom Congress to enroll in professional educational courses offered through the school’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education.
“The School of Continuing Studies is committed to helping people in their pursuit of a lifelong learning experience, and we’ve been inspired by parents’ efforts to ensure their children reap the benefits of a quality education,” said SCS Dean Robert Manuel. “We’re thrilled to work with Parenting to help moms deepen and broaden their educational opportunities and understanding of important issues in their children’s lives.”
Courses will address the professional development needs of mothers in the areas of career management, business and leadership, globalization and world affairs, language acquisition, writing and communications and parenting issues such as education and nutrition.
“The Mom Congress initiative is driven by the ever increasing role parents play in implementing positive change in our nation’s schools,” said Susan Kane, editorial director of The Parenting Group and editor-in-chief of Parenting magazine. “Since the economic stimulus bill has earmarked a significant amount of financial support for public education, we have a unique opportunity to help moms advocate for funding for the resources that really matter to today’s families.”
Despite the current enrollment growth in continuing education programs, Manuel said there are a significant number of barriers between mothers and educational resources. These include internal factors such as confidence or stress levels and external factors such as time and the ability to pay.
“SCS has provided educational opportunities for adult students for more than 30 years and is in a unique position to address both of these obstacles,” he said.
The Mom Congress will work to connect mothers through Parenting.com, where they can share ideas, discuss strategies for effecting change and hear from other mothers.