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UCR Takes Parents On-line At Chavez Center in Riverside

UCR Takes Parents On-line At Chavez Center in Riverside

(April 14, 1999)

Parents will get a turn at the computers at Riverside's Cesar Chavez Community Center in a series of free workshops put on by the UCR Community Digital Initiative, an outreach program that supports a computer lab in Riverside's Eastside neighborhood.

The Parenting and Technology Series starts Monday, April 19, with a session that will provide an overview of computers, the internet and the World Wide Web. All the sessions are 90 minutes long and held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in room 103 of the center at 2060 University Ave.

The schedule follows:

  • "A Parent's Guide to the Information Superhighway" - Monday, April 19.
  • "Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies" - Monday, May 3, 1999.
  • "Growing Up Well: Hygiene & Substance Abuse" - Monday, May 17, 1999.
  • "Parent Involvement in School Technology" - Monday, June 7, 1999.
  • "Financial Health in the Digital Era"-Monday, June 28, 1999.

Future workshops inside the 22-station internet-linked computer lab focus on academic success, getting a job, and creating a Parents Technology Committee that would advocate for more educational technology in the schools. The center also offers longer fee-based classes, sponsored in part by Pacific Bell.

The goal of the free workshops is to promote computer literacy among parents; to enhance parent involvement in school; and to encourage healthy families, according to Richard Chabran, director of the Center for Virtual Research at UCR, the center that operates the Community Digital Initiative, a program that has drawn young people ages 14 to 23 to learn more about computers.

The Parenting and Technology Series is funded in part by a grant from AT&T and The California Wellness Foundation. The series is co-sponsored by the Riverside Public Library and the Riverside Unified School District. Instruction is available in Spanish or English. Limited childcare is available. Registration is required. Information is available from Jaime Hurtado at (909) 274-0342.

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