600 West Peachtree Street, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30308
Hours: The GA PIRC closed 9/30/2012 due to a loss in grant funds, and the agency is no longer providing services to the state.
Georgia State PIRC’s goal is to address barriers and weaknesses in communities such as poverty and illiteracy and to encourage families to realize the benefits of parental involvement and take advantage of services available that lead to the academic success of children. The goals are to enhance the abilities of parents across the state to participate effectively in their children’s education, and to improve student achievement through expanded and effective use of parental involvement programs.
Parental Engagement Model
The parental engagement model will consist of a Delivery System offering a menu of products and services to achieve GA PIRC goals. The Delivery System will include three components: 1) Statewide PIRC Network, 2) Statewide PAT Network, and 3) Regional Hubs.
Early Childhood Model
The early childhood model (Statewide Parents as Teachers Network) is the establishment of the GA PAT office that will manage certified PAT personnel to deliver services to parents of children 0 to 5 years of age across the state.
The GA PAT Network will ensure that the network will follow the National PAT standards and quality indicators, promote and support comprehensive, high quality services for families, provide oversight and guidance to programs in an effort to achieve the expected PAT outcomes, and expand the reach of PAT programs in the state. GA PIRC will increase parental involvement in schools by utilizing the GA PIRC Network and the Regional Hubs. The services of the network will include a statewide public awareness campaign, a dedicated web site, a framework for best practices and quality standards, regional trainings, individualized technical assistance and a GA PIRC toolkit. The Regional Hubs will serve as model programs and learning laboratories for schools and community based programs in their region, and will provide direct services to their Region’s parents by continuing to implement programs and activities of their PIRC.
How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
The GA PIRC will implement multiple strategies at varying degrees of service intensity to meet the needs of all parents. In doing so, this work plan will make sure that parents in Georgia receive the resources they need to contribute in meaningful ways to their child’s academic success. The work will align with the purposes for the statewide effort by making sure that resources available to parents will link them to schools and community in order to make lasting changes in the local school districts and to improve student achievement.
Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
The GA PIRC will use the Regional Hubs as learning laboratories for schools and community based programs in their region. They will provide direct services to their Region’s parents by implementing programs and activities at their PIRC. By utilizing the Delivery System, products and services will be taken to scale in Georgia by replicating by the use of manuals, training and technical support.