End of Funding for TPRIC
Posted On:
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Goodbye Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCS)

The Tennessee Parental Information and Resource Center (TPIRC) managed by the Tennessee Voices for Children has been funded by the United States Department of Education for a five-year cycle, 2006-2011. The current funding cycle ends on September 30, 2011. A sixth year of funding was proposed by the United States Department of Education for the PIRCs; however, recently all 62 PIRCs nationwide, including the United States territories, were notified that this additional sixth year of funding will not be available. This will be a great loss to Tennessee and we will miss not having the level of support that the TPIRC provided in our state.

Notification Requirements
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as No Child Left Behind, requires districts and schools to notify the parents and parent organizations of the existence and purpose of the PIRCs [Section 1118(g)]. Since the ESEA has not yet been reauthorized, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)/districts and schools are still required to implement all sections, including the notification regarding the PIRCs. Be sure to include a statement and inform parents at parent meetings that the TPIRC funding ends September 30, 2011.

``(g) Parental Information and Resource Centers.--In States where parental information and resource centers have been established pursuant to section 401 of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act of 1994 (to provide training, information, and support to parents and individuals who work with parents), local educational agencies and schools receiving assistance under this part shall assist parents and parent organizations by informing such parents and organizations of the existence and purpose of such centers, providing such parents and organizations with a description of the services and programs provided by such centers, advising parents on how to use such centers, and helping parents to contact such centers.



The Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) program is a discretionary grant program funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement. In 2006 PIRCs were awarded to serve statewide needs. PIRCs now provide both regional and statewide services and disseminate information to parents on a statewide basis.

Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) 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 program.

Centers must include activities that establish, expand, or operate early childhood parent education programs and typically engage in a variety of technical assistance activities designed to improve student academic achievement, including understanding the accountability systems in the state and school districts being served by a project. Specific activities often include helping parents to understand the data that accountability systems make available to parents and the significance of that data for such things as opportunities for supplemental services and public school choice afforded to their children under Sec. 1116 of the ESEA.

Projects assist parents to communicate effectively with teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel; and help parents become active participants in the development, implementation, and review of school improvement plans.

Additionally, projects generally develop resource materials and provide information about high quality family involvement programs to families, schools, school districts, and others through conferences, workshops, and dissemination of materials. Projects generally include a focus on serving parents of low-income, minority, and limited English proficient (LEP) children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools.


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