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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.
Arizona State PIRC
Chandler, AZ
2600 W. Knox Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

Web site:
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Ms. Jenni Brasington

Phone: 480-224-2060
Fax: 480-224-9198

Evaluator: Lyn Weiner & Kathy Reimer

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State PIRC Board:

Tim Frey-Director of Research and Federal Projects-Chandler Unified School District
Karen Drake-Former Library Manager/Community Member
Terry Strayhand-NCLB/TITLE I Parent Involvement Coordinator Arizona Department of Education
Carla Cantrell, Early Childhood Consultant
Carol Carlson, Early Childhood Consultant
Sally Downing-Program Manager-Early Childhood Unit-Arizona Department of Education
Nicole Hoffman-Area Coordinator-Maricopa Head Start
Holly Henley, Library Development Consultant, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Janet Annette-Santa Cruz HIPPY
Vivian Vincent-President, Arizona State PTA
Laura Walker-Chicanos por la Causa
Kim Strehlow-Director of Title I School/LEA Improvement, Arizona Department of Education

Special Advisory Committees:

Title I Parent Advisory Group

The Arizona State PIRC (Parental Information and Resource Center) is a technical assistance center that serves as a clearinghouse for best parental involvement practices. The PIRC has been established to provide information, support and training to parents and educators across the state. It is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to improve student academic achievement and strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators and other school personnel through coordination and integration of federal, state and local services and programs.

Parental Engagement Model
Arizona State PIRC utilizes community teams, train the trainer and direct workshops to serve parents around the state. Arizona State PIRC staff uses the train the trainer model to deliver the Right Question training to parents and school personnel in Title I and Underperforming Schools throughout the state to facilitate improved two-way communication between parents and schools and to assist low income or educationally disadvantaged parents to become empowered and informed decision-makers in their children’s education.

Early Childhood Model
Arizona State PIRC utilizes three Early Childhood Programs, HIPPY, Giggles Squiggles and Squirms™ and Building a New Generation of Readers Program. Arizona PIRC implements HIPPY to 120 children in Santa Cruz County. Chandler’s Giggles, Squiggles and Squirms™ is another Home Based program that is offered to schools and community organizations around the state who wish to implement a research-based program. Lastly, Building a New Generation of Readers Program is a statewide early literacy project that teaches parents and childcare providers strategies for preparing children to come to school ready to read. Arizona State PIRC partners with Community Teams from around the state to implement this program in at least 50 public libraries annually.

Major Activities
Arizona State PIRC website serves as the state’s primary parental involvement information resource. Community partners from across the state are trained on how to utilize the resources available on the website. Consulting services are provided to schools referred by the Arizona Dept. of Education’s School Improvement monitoring staff in developing parent involvement policies and plans and or in improving communication with parents. Parent Information Kiosks are placed in at least 75% of Title I schools that are identified for school improvement. Kiosk information includes information on public school choice, supplemental education services and report cards along with a host of other topics. Intensive services are provided to 13 schools in corrective action across Arizona, assisting with assessment, planning and implementation of a comprehensive school-parent-community partnership program. Lastly, PSA’s and print ads are placed strategically in local media markets with particular emphasis on the Spanish language radio and television market.

How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
Parents are provided information on a wide variety of topics through material and resource dissemination, multiple training opportunities and a media campaign which includes public service announcements on both television and radio. All information is provided to parents in both English and Spanish.

Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
Providing educational services and resources across a large area with diverse populations and needs presents a challenge requiring effective collaborations among public and private agencies and a variety of strategies to address those needs. Arizona State PIRC project has been designed to meet the needs and challenges of parents and educators within our state.

Unique Characteristics
Arizona State PIRC created a Parent Information KIOSK that is placed in 250 Title I schools and community organizations throughout the State. These KIOSKS provide parents information on topics such as, No Child Left Behind, school report cards, school choice, etc. The Giggles, Squiggles and Squirms™ program is a new home-based Early Childhood Curriculum that was created to align with the Arizona Early Learning standards and Head Start standards.

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.