About the Stoughton Parent Engagement Center (SPEC)
The mission of the Stoughton Parent Engagement Center (SPEC) is to help families and schools build stronger ties to benefit students. We help parents become strong partners in their children’s education and encourage community involvement to help all children succeed at school.
Research on Parent Engagement tells us that all parents play a critical role in their children’s education. Regardless of income, ethnicity, or background, involved parents help to improve student’s academic achievement and social success. This is especially true for families from diverse populations. It applies to children from pre-school through high school.
Each year, SPEC develops many engaging events to offer special opportunities for families to spend quality time together, make new friends, and increase their connection to their school.
Some past events include Kindergarten Meet and Greet Day, Crafts Night, Let’s Move, Family Yoga for Beginners, Family Game Night, Raising Great Digital Citizens, Literacy Night, Music and Movement, and Family Play in May.
We also collaborate with each school’s PTO/PTA to increase parental involvement in all school events. We are always building a stronger partnership between parents and schools. We welcome your input to make our Parent Engagement Program as effective as possible.
History of SPEC
SPEC, formerly the Parent Wellness Center, at the E A Jones Elementary School at 137 Walnut Street, Stoughton, MA 02072 was created on July 2, 2012. Room design and furniture was donated by IKEA. In order for the Stoughton Parent Engagement Center to be implemented a group named the Parent Engagement Team met for over the course of a year to figure out ways to bring about this program. Members of the team were: Linda Rondeau, Kathy Bushenfeld, Susan Cogliano, Sheila Coughlin, Hallie Burak, and Maggie Rizzi.
SPEC is a program created by Stoughton Public Schools. There are two program coordinators; Maryann Dawson, a former special education teacher, and Jeff Wolff, a former elementary school teacher and administrator. Ms. Dawson coordinates the ParentChild+ (previously the Parent-Child Home Program) and Mr. Wolff coordinates the Parent Engagement Program. Both coordinators supervise several individuals who are Home Visitors and Parent Liaisons. Home Visitors visit families enrolled in PCHP twice a week for a two year period. Parent Liaisons work in each school to increase parent engagement and to offer parents support services and information on community resources.