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Parents in Action (PIA)



Dwight-Englewood school is proud to join this year as a member of PIA’s consortium of NYC based independent schools.

NYC-Parents in Action, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization, is committed to the belief that effective communication, parent to parent and parent to child, is vital to the healthy development of young adults capable of making sound choices.

For over 35 years PIA has engaged with the NYC independent school community to offer educational information and a communication network to inform parents about social and developmental issues from preschool through 12th grade.  With these tools PIA strives to help parents communicate openly and effectively with their children.

Parents in Action Programs

  1. Parent Talk – facilitated parent discussion groups provide platforms for parents to develop parent-to-parent and parent-to-child communication.  In safe, non-judgemental, confidential meetings, two professionally trained Facilitators encourage parents to share with other parents in their child’s grade their concerns, perspectives and strategies related to raising children in New York City and the surrounding suburbs.
  2. Seminars – are offered for parents and educators to learn from experts.  Seminars address such topics as child developments, parent-child relationships and communication, and technology and substance abuse prevention.

The website,, provides regularly updated content for parents with topical information and resources on a wide range of parenting topics.  The site offers a calendar of PIA events and registration capability for each.  The site also offers a comprehensive overview of NYC-{IA and events, summaries of past seminars and panels as well as a holst of articles from experts.  

PIA Website

PIA Fall Calendar

PIA Fall Seminar

Upcoming Parents in Action Events

  • Beyond 13 Reasons: A frank discussion about preventing suicide  More Info  |  Register
  • Lee Woodruff: Resilience: Thriving Through Adversity  More Info  |  Register

Articles from Parents in Action

Parents in Action Be Involved, Be Informed, Be Connected

  • Honoring Our NYC Superheroes
    by A Practicing Parent on September 29, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    “Hey buddy, we’re not going to the playground. Today we’re doing something special.” I said to my 4 1/2-year-old son at school pick-up a few weeks ago. My 13-year-old daughter accompanied me. “What are we gonna do then?” he asked. “We are going to Dunkin’ Donuts and getting a big, big box of Munchkins,” I said. My son’s eyes lit up. Previous years with my daughter, we’ve purchased flowers, cards, and one year we made chocolate chip cookies. “Can we get chocolate ones?” he asked. “I think we should get assorted ones because they’re not... Read Mor […]

  • Suicide Is An Impossible Subject To Tackle, But As Parents, We Have To
    by A Practicing Parent on May 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I hate even saying the word. Suicide. There I typed it. Let’s face it. Despite what our kids, the social media generation (iGen), may think, suicide is not a new phenomenon, and it is far from a teen-centric issue. I lost two adults in my life to suicide just in the past year. Last week I was unpacking a box of photos my mom handed off to me and uncovered a note in my teen handwriting. I stared at the two-sided, yellowed small paper and the memories of that night unfolded in front of me.... Read Mor […]

  • Anxiety: If Middle School is Tough, What Happens In High School?
    by A Practicing Parent on May 24, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Here is an anecdote I heard from a mom of one of my daughter’s friends. Jane and Lilly were partnered up for a project in their seventh grade science class. They were learning about a specific disease, and the details of it were a bit confusing. Jane repeatedly raised her hand and asked the teacher to clarify the assignment. Lilly said the teacher explained the task several times in various ways. The girls—friendly, but not friends—were supposed to brainstorm ideas and take notes on one computer. Jane offered to be the note taker and as... Read Mor […]

  • JUUL: The Cigarette of Today’s Youth?
    by A Practicing Parent on May 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    My head is still buzzing with information about vaping, e-cigarettes and JUULing after attending a fact-filled seminar a few weeks ago, co-hosted by Parents in Action and Hallways at the Collegiate School. Attention to vaping and JUULing has risen sharply with recent articles in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal questioning whether it is becoming an epidemic in schools. Let’s start with a simple explanation: E-cigarettes appeared more than 10 years ago, marketed as an alternative to cigarettes and a way to kick the habit. Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of the vapor produced by an... Read Mor […]