Pennsylvania Parent Information and Resource Center (PA PIRC) provides training and consultation to urban, rural and suburban communities throughout Pennsylvania. Their priority is to deliver services to schools and communities that have families who live in poverty, minority families, families for whom English is a second language and families whose children have learning delays or disabilities.
PA PIRC will support schools in welcoming parents/family members and community representatives as active and effective partners in student achievement to:
- take a leading role in children’s learning at home
- support children’s learning at school
- make decisions about children’s educational options
PA PIRC is committed to:
- Increasing parents’ understanding of standards-based learning; state, and local reports; public school choice; and supplemental education services (SES) as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.
- Improving and expanding programs for parents of children from birth to age 5 so that children are ready for school.
- Improving district and school parent involvement policies, programs, and activities to engage parents for student achievement and school improvement.
- Coordinating research-based parental involvement resources and services for Pennsylvania schools and parents.
PA PIRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Imporvement. Grant recipient, Next Century, Inc., a 501 (c) (3), working closely with the Center for Schools and Communities, Academic Development Institute, and Temple University to conduct the work of the PA PIRC.
For more information on PA PIRC, please visit the following link http://www.center-school.org/pa-pirc/pro_dev.php