520 Olive Street, Suite C04
Shreveport, LA 71104
Web site: http://www.LPIRC.org
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Ms. Gladys Walters
Evaluator: Dr. Helen Wise
Evaluator affiliation: LSUS Institute for Human Services & Public Policy
Special Advisory Committees:
The LA State PIRC has five regional advisory committees Shreveport/Bossier, Monroe, Baton Rouge, Alexandria and New Orleans.
Volunteers of America’s central purpose for providing the Louisiana Parental Information & Resource Centers program is to promote the educational success of at-risk youth. This strengths-based program, one of many programs serving families, parents and children through the LightHouse Division of Volunteers of America, has three specific goals:
- To promote the healthy development of children by recognizing parents as the first and most important teachers
- To empower parents as advocates for the educational success of children enrolled in public school education
- To assist low-income parents to self-sufficiency
Parental Engagement Model
Parents learn how they can best support their children to reach their full educational potential through public schools through technical assistance and trainings on topics like homework monitoring techniques, familiarity with computers and computer programs their children use in school, school choice, supplemental education services, how to read the school report card, effective communication, parental involvement, and rights and responsibilities of children and parents under No Child Left Behind.
Early Childhood Model
Parents as Teachers/Born to Learn ™ is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their children enter kindergarten, usually age 5. Parents are supported by PAT-certified Parent Educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families.
Working in cooperation with other Volunteers of America LightHouse programs, LPIRC is able to make available to its clients an array of activities and services. From a “diaper closet” to after school programs, mentoring to comprehensive family resources and a wide range of specialized training for parents, there are continuous activities to serve early childhood education and parental involvement needs. Statewide, regional and local trainings and seminars are held for parents, public school educators and administrators, as well as for professionals and representatives from community organizations and statewide parent organizations. Bilingual online resources and call center are also available.
How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
The needs of LPIRC clients – children and parents alike – are assessed regularly and action/service plans are modified accordingly. Parents are continuously encouraged to be as involved as they can with their children’s education and development. Assistance and training equips parents to be in the best possible position to support their children, both at home and at school.
Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
Assistance is available to school systems throughout the state regarding implementation of No Child Left Behind guidelines and requirements. Information and a listing of resources for parents throughout the state are available through a Call Center and the LPIRC Web site, and trainings are conducted for professional service providers throughout the state to give them valuable information and resources to assist families, parents and children in their localities.
Individual counseling and assistance, along with a comprehensive array of training and informational seminars, are all designed to provide low-income parents with job skills, personal development and family skills that will help them move toward a greater level of self-sufficiency. With self-sufficiency comes higher self-esteem and a better quality of life for their children and themselves.