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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Parent Resource Center

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

Parent Resource Center

Stockton Unified School District

Stockton, CA

(Small city)

District Parent Resource Center provides:

—Resource materials for parents to use at the center or at home, including curriculum materials to use with children, videotapes/cassettes, instructional aids, and books covering a wide range of subjects

—Information and materials about state and federal programs

—Parenting classes, educational aides workshops, hands-on workshops in math and language arts, and workshops for parents of high-risk students; attendance ranges from 15 to 150 parents, depending on subject.

—Transportation and child care services for parents attending the center

—Training for individual schools upon request

  • Mentor parents train both parents and school staff at the school and district level. Approximately 300 parents have become mentors since March 1993, and in 1995–96 they spent 400 hours making presentations.

  • Parents are planning next year's ongoing training for other parents.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I, state funds for school improvement

    Evidence of Success:

  • Mentor Parent program trained 61 parents and resulted in more than 5,000 volunteer hours spent in schools during 1996–97 (including nearly 2,000 hours in middle and secondary schools).

  • Parents volunteering at one middle school contributed 4,000 volunteer hours; the number of conduct code violations at the school dropped from 647 in 1994–95 to 349 in 1995–96, despite a 15 percent increase in the student population.

  • Several parent participants have become members, board members, and officers of two organizations that advocate parental involvement: The California Association of Compensatory Education and the National Coalition of Title I/Chapter 1 Parents.

  • Each year the district honors 70–75 outstanding volunteers who together provide 25,000 plus hours of service to students and schools.

  • K–12


    40% Hispanic

    29% Asian American

    17% white

    13% African American

    2% Native American

    50% AFDL

    In 1996-97 all elementary schools will implement schoolwide programs

    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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