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'Back to School' workshops help employees plan for children's education

By Maria Lameiras | Emory Report | July 7, 2014

Summer is still in full swing, but the Emory WorkLife Resource Center (EWLRC) is getting a jump on back-to-school planning with July workshops designed to help employees prepare themselves and their students for the upcoming academic year. 

Beginning July 10, the center will present three popular 90-minute workshops, as well as a brand new workshop titled "Understanding K-12 School Options in Metro Atlanta" to be held at noon on July 31 in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Room 201.

"The College Admissions Process: A Planning Workshop for High School Students & their Parents" will be held July 10; "A Guide to Paying for College: Savings, Loans, Grants, Scholarships & Financial Aid" on July 17, and "Saving for College: Understanding 529 Plans" on July 27. These sessions will be held in the Oxford Road Building in the Oxford Presentation Room on the third floor. Seating is limited and workshops will fill quickly, so registration is recommended as soon as possible. All sessions begin at noon.

"The three workshops we have done before have been extremely well received and have had high attendance," says Audrey Adelson, Work-life and Family Programs Consultant with the EWLRC.

"The presenters do a fantastic job of providing insight to what admission counselors are looking for in various higher educational settings as well as help parents and students learn more about the financial aid process and what types of scholarships are available out there and how to find them," Adelson says. "It is not uncommon to hear from a couple of students afterwards who say ‘It is really nice to hear this from someone other than my parents.’"

The new seminar on K-12 options was sparked by staff and incoming faculty asking about available community education options.

"We receive questions from parents who work at Emory who want to know more about different education options available to them in our community," Adelson says. "They want to understand more about charter schools, private schools and other options that are available to them and are interested in help figuring out what types of things they should be looking for or asking to be sure it will work best for their children and family circumstances."

In addition to the annual Back-to-School Campaign web page and workshop series, the EWLRC offers employees complimentary use of back-to-school resources from BrownRichards & Associates.

Offerings include information, consultation and referral services for before and after school care; tutors and academic services; public and private schools; boarding schools; back-up care; special needs; locating educational consultants; and other childcare information. BrownRichards can be reached at 404-352-8137 or by email through the dependent care referral form.

Additional information about the back-to-school campaign is available by calling the Emory WorkLife Resource Center at 404-727-8000.