Dear Friend of Starfish,
All of us at Starfish are very excited to present you and other parents, grandparents, and caregivers in our community with this Starfish University catalogue of educational and enrichment opportunities.
This catalogue results from lots of hard work by staff and, more importantly, Starfish parents who are determined to make our programs and services more user-friendly and expand them to better meet your needs.
Over two years ago, Starfish took a hard look at our services for adults – mostly the parents of children in our programs. We realized that it’s difficult for many parents, with busy schedules and lots of demands in life, to keep track of all the opportunities available to them at Starfish and other community partners. Daily flyers, emails, and phone calls were confusing to many parents.
From that understanding, we created a framework, now called Starfish University, to organize our resources for parents in a way that makes sense for YOU – not us!
Starfish parents told us that the idea of Starfish University is welcoming and empowering. And, the university framework is perfect to reflect our campus (service sites all over Wayne County), our student government (EPIC Parent Leadership Team), our financial aid office (Starfish Community Finance Center), and our extracurricular programs (Zumba, family movie nights, etc.). We hope you will look for “majors” that help you move toward your personal and professional goals.
Two centerpieces of Starfish University – year one – our Parent Conference last April and our quarterly catalogue.
We welcome your feedback – good and bad – about Starfish University. Please contact our Office of Student Affairs anytime!
We are so excited to break ground on our University with the hope that you find joy and success in your most important life role – PARENT!
Starfish Chief Executive Officer
(aka, Starfish University President)