"When schools create resource centers devoted to parents' needs, they provide a signal that parents are welcome in the building. These centers typically are places where parents can get information on parenting and school-related issues and can gather informally. In some cases, resource centers provide a place to sponsor classes or workshops for parents and provide referrals to social service and child care agencies."
Source: Johnson, V. "Parent Centers Send Clear Message: Come be a Partner in Educating Your Children." Research and Development Report, September, No. 4. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, Center on Families, Communities, Schools and Children's Learning.