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Family Involvement in Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Family School Partners in Education

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

Family School Partners in Education

Greensville County Public Schools

Emporia, VA


  • Mobile Parent Resource Center targets parents of Title I students and travels to four sites each day, serving 12–18 parents at a time; parents are trained as tutors to work with their children.

  • Six area businesses allow the Mobile Parent Resource Center to visit work sites so that employee parents can participate before or after school or during break.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I

    Evidence of Success:

  • Parent visits to the center doubled from 1991 to 1992; approximately 420 parents have visited each year since 1992.

  • An average of 75 parents have been trained each year since June 1992.

  • Although the test scores of children whose parents visit the center are not specifically tracked, Title I students countywide have shown growth on the ITBS pre- and post-tests in reading since 1991–92 (e.g., third grade scores increased 8 percentage points in 1991-92 from the pre-test to post-test and fifth grade scores increased 12 percentage points in 1993–94).

  • K–12


    67% African American

    33% white

    56% FRL

    1 All schools and districts included in this Idea Book receive Title I funding. This column indicates whether a school has implemented a schoolwide program.

    2 Administrators in many schools cannot separate the costs of parent involvement efforts from other reforms and activities. This is especially true in schools that have implemented schoolwide programs (as have most schools in this appendix). However, administrators reported that, in addition to their school or district general operating budget, the funding sources listed here provide a major source of support for their parent involvement efforts.

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