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Funding for the PIRC program as a whole has been discontinued by the US Department of Education. Therefore, most PIRC programs are no longer in operation although several are continuing with funding from other sources. You may contact PIRCs directly to determine their status.
Ohio State PIRC
Cincinnati, OH
2400 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Web site:
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Talicia McNealy

Phone: 1-888-OHPIRC9, 513-762-7118
Fax: 513-762-7146

Evaluator: Dr. Kathy Burklow, Dr. Lisa Mills
Evaluator affiliation: Harmony Gardens

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State PIRC Board:

Deborah Mariner Allsop, Wyoming City Schools Board
Ann Bohman, Parent Involvement Consultant (Title 1), Ohio Department of Education
Kathleen Burklow, Director of Research and Education, Harmony Garden, growing health girls through research and education
Dr. Daniel Fleck, Education Consultant, Title III, Ohio Department of Education
O’vell Harrison, Director of Education and Prevention Services, Columbus Urban League
Martha Lause, Ohio Coalition for theEducation of Children with Disabilities
Sharon Marcum, Help Me Grow Special Projects Coordinator, PAT State Leader
Sue Owen, Executive Director, Ohio PTA
Amy Roberts, Director, United Way 211
Rolonda Smith, Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati
Lynn Stevens (Parent), Office of Community Relations, Senator George Voinovich
N. Michelle Sutton (Parent), National PTA Member
Steven Wertheim (Parent), State Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council
Jennifer Vargo, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Ohio Department of Education

Special Advisory Committees:

Local Project Improvement and Parent Engagement Advisory Committees of the Ohio PIRC meet quarterly to provide feedback and a forum for local dialogue on the relevance of the services being provided by the Ohio PIRC to its key stakeholders parents, school administrators and community agencies.

Cincinnati Partners for Parents, a consortium of organizations led by United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Parents for Public Schools of Cincinnati and the Community Building Institute are proposing the Strengthening Families, Communities and Schools through Ohio State PIRC. The state of Ohio is currently administering a $23 billion project to rebuild and renovate Ohio’s public schools. The Cincinnati Partners for Parents believe that the energy being created through this project can attract parents to engage in facility planning and the engagement can be leverage into sustained parental involvement in schools.

Parental Engagement Model
Parent Leadership Academy based on the model of the Center for Parent Leadership in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Parents learn how to bring parents and schools together; create family friendly schools; take action to improve student achievement; discuss Ohio’s standards-based education system; and design and implement a project that will improve student academic performance

Early Childhood Model
Provides the Parents as Teachers curriculum as part of a comprehensive home visitation program for at-risk, first-time parents designed to ensure an optimal start for children. Participants enter the program prenatal or just after birth and can be served until age three.

Major Activities
The project will work on two tracts in all of its programming: 1) Strengthening the model for parent involvement and information sharing in Cincinnati and 2) Building capacity throughout the state of Ohio to replicate this model. The project has five major activities, each working to strengthen parents’ abilities to participate in and advocate for their children’s education:

  1. Training first-time at-risk parents to care for their children through the Parents as Teachers curriculum used by Every Child Succeeds.
  2. Launching a Parent Leadership Academy based on the model of the Center for Parent Leadership at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
  3. Creating a model for delivering, through United Way 211, information on district and school performance, school choice options under No Child Left Behind, and ways for parents to connect to teachers, administrators and schools.
  4. Sharing the principles of engaging parents in school facility planning and using this as a launching point for sustained parental involvement with schools through technology based educational channels across the state.
  5. Building the capacity of Parents for Public Schools of Cincinnati to be the mouthpiece of the Ohio PIRC project and advocate for parental involvement in schools on a local and state level.

Throughout the project period, the Partners will reach thousands of parents in Cincinnati and Ohio and engage them in improving schools and communities.

How the Work Plan Meets the Needs Of Parents
The needs of parents will be meet through a framework of multiple strategies including information sharing through posters, brochures, pamphlets within school and community settings, a website, dvd’s/cd’s on topics relevant to parents as identified periodically through the local and state advisory communities, work with community agencies statewide and technology based parent workshops to be held throughout the State of Ohio.

Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
The project has a focus on using technology to reach parents across the state and provide information on how to become involved with schools. These efforts will be marketed through the Ohio United Way network, national Parents for Public Schools organization and school districts.

Unique Characteristics
United Way 211 call specialists are trained to provide parents information on school accountability, local school choice options, supplemental education services and parent resources in the Greater Cincinnati area and expanding throughout the state in years two through five of the Ohio PIRC grant.

Free Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Education and its partners invite you to view the archive for the webinar, Bringing it All Together: Family and Community Engagement Policies in Action, which took place on November 16, 2011.

This is the ninth and final webinar in the series, Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement.
United States Department of Education Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, contract number ED-04-CO-0039/0001. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education.