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Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs)

LEAs, schools and parents are encouraged to explore the websites below and take advantage of the many parental involvement resources and activities provided by New York's PIRCs. They can help LEAs and schools to more effectively meet many of the Parental Involvement requirements under NCLB, which are described within the legislation and guidance sections on the Parental Involvement website. For example, PIRCs can be a source of online and on site training for staff in the importance of parent involvement and strategies for reaching out to, communicating with, and establishing partnerships with parents to improve student achievement, as required by NCLB.

The US Dept of Education, which funds PIRCs, indicates that their purpose is to, "help implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and that strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the education needs of children. Sec. 5563 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires the recipients of PIRC grants to: serve both rural and urban areas; use at least half their funds to serve areas with high concentrations of low-income children; and use at least 30 percent of the funds they receive for early childhood parent programs."

Links to PIRC WebsitesNew York State’s Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs):

US Dept of Education description of the purpose of federally funded PIRCs:

US Dept of Education Guide: Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons From Five Parental Information And Resource Centers
The purpose of this guide is to explain "how to" strategies that the Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRCs) use to improve or expand their parental involvement programs in public schools.

Last Updated: March 20, 2014