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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.
Virginia State PIRC
Richmond, VA
3600 West Broad Street, Ste. 397
Richmond, VA 23230

Web site: http://www.vpirc.peatc.org
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
  Director:
Mr. Roberto Quintero

Phone: 800-869-6782
Fax: 800-693-3514

Evaluator: Dr. Felicia Williams
Evaluator affiliation: Williams and Associates

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The goal of the Virginia State PIRC - PEATC (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center) is to build better futures for children by helping families, schools and professionals work collaboratively in order to meet the educational needs of students and improve their opportunities for success in schools and community life. As Virginia's State PIRC, we reach culturally, linguistically, educationally, economically, and geographically diverse Family/School/Community members and the schools, programs, community and faith-based organizations who serve them. Our targeted outreach focuses on Title I schools struggling to meet NCLB targets, underserved areas, and others who have not traditionally experienced success in school.

Parental Engagement Model
Over 20 years ago PEATC developed the first Parent Resource Center model in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The model incorporates a parent and educator team who offer training and assistance to help parents and educators more collaboratively plan for success for students with our focus on children with disabilities. Today, many centers have expanded to also become Title I parent centers and the model continues to thrive. PEATC’s PIRC model follows the same rule. The Parental Engagement model component is the Parents Allies for Success (PASS), a three year old effort between the NAACP, George Mason University, PEATC, community leaders and education experts which will recruit, train, and supervise 50 volunteers to serve as Allies to parents in targeted Title I communities by providing awareness of community resources, knowledge of schools procedures, understanding of curriculum and how to support students learning, insights about collaboration with schools and community agencies, and knowledge of state and federal testing and reporting mechanisms and implications for families. This replicable model will extend to 5 communities over 5 years of the project, with an incorporated focus on serving Latino families.

Early Childhood Model

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is the early childhood model being incorporated with the Virginia State PIRC. Major partners include the Virginia Children's Health Involving Parents (CHIP) supporting a statewide network of community-based child health and family support programs and Healthy Families, a state program of the Virginia Department of Health designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. The PAT component will prepare almost 1000 families to be more capable of fostering their young children’s development and learning through this research-validated early education model.

Major Activities
Outreach efforts will prosper statewide enlisting the collaboration of the Virginia Department of Education, a longstanding partner of PEATC, in particular their Office for School Improvement, which will assist in providing technical support as well as quality school-parent compacts and parent involvement initiatives. Other outreach will be accomplished through collaborations with Virginia’s state PTA, PEP county offices, statewide Parent Resource Centercounty LEP offices. An initiative will be specifically geared to partnerships that support positive outcomes for juveniles involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

Outreach and presentations will annually reach 3,000 family/school/community members in demographic and geographic groups that have not had access to easy-to-understand ways to improve parent/school partnerships and student outcomes. PEATC will disseminate, develop and/or translate existing and new results-based materials and provide assistance and information through assistance to 3,000 individuals via a toll free information line, 800-869-6782, visits, letters and email. Our E-News listserv will reach over 600 families and professionals. Our website currently receives over 30,000 visitors a year and our media releases and all other materials and correspondence is provided to non-English media and non-English speakers.

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.
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