U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Table 1. Selected Characteristics of Highlighted Parental Information and Resource Centers

Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) and state Organizational status (stand-alone or part of larger agency) Staffing allocations a Full-time (FTE)Part-time (PTE) Years of PIRC funding Parent involvement strategies highlighted in guide
Academic Development Institute's PIRC, Ill. Has functioned as a program of the Academic Development Institute. 5 FTEs,
5 PTEs,
4 consultants

Also utilizes staff from larger parent organization.
1997 – 2006
  • Partner with community- and faith-based organizations to disseminate information
  • Build a school community of parents and educators
  • Help schools assess family friendliness
  • Develop programs to assist parents of children with special needs
The Family Works, Md. Has functioned as a program of the Family Services Agency, Inc., but has separate program name. 5 FTEs 1995 – 2006
  • Enlist and train community-based organizations to disseminate NCLB information
  • Train parent leaders
  • Provide partnership training and support for educators
  • Support state-level parent advisory board efforts
Indiana Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships, Ind. Stand-alone program. 4 FTEs,
3 PTEs
1998 – present
  • Establish parent centers
  • Help schools assess family friendliness
  • Provide training and support for parent liaisons
  • Train parent leaders
  • Establish and support father volunteer groups
Intercultural Development Research Association's PIRC, Tex. Functions as a program ofIntercultural Development Research Association. 3 FTEs

Also utilizes staff from larger parent organization.
1999 – present
  • Facilitate videoconferences
  • Organize multi-sector convenings
  • Facilitate dialogues between parents, teachers, and students
  • Assist students in providing technical training to community
  • Train parent leaders
Utah Family Center, Utah Stand-alone program, with Utah State Parent-Teacher Association as its first fiscal agent. 14 FTEs,
11 part-time parent liaisons
1998 – present
  • Establish satellite parent centers
  • Partner with the PTA to provide access to parents
  • Train and support parent liaisons
  • Provide partnership training for educators

aPIRC data were collected in the three-year grant cycle ending on Dec. 31, 2006, so staffing numbers are reflective of this cycle.