Suite 101-C, J& G Commercial Center
138 E. Marine Corps. Drive
Hagatna, GU 96910
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/guampirc
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Ms. Pauline Camacho
State PIRC Board:
Ann Marie D. Cruz, President, Guam’s Positive Parents Together, Inc. (GPPT)
Mary-Therese Edgerle, Founder, Guam Identifies Families Terrific Strengths, Inc. (GIFTS)
Helen Middlebrooke, President, Down Syndrome Association of Guam (DSAG)
Evelyn Claros, President, Autism Community Together (ACT)
Joseph Mendiola, Guam Early Detection Hearing Intervention (EDHI)
Special Advisory Committees:
The Guam PIRC Advisory Committee is comprised of thirteen members representing parents,
students, early childhood providers, and school personnel from elementary, middle, and high schools. The major stakeholders are parents who advise and assist the State Board and staff on the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project.
Through Project DREAMS, the Guam PIRC is “Dedicated to Reaching Excellence And Maintaining Success.” The primary purpose of the center is to improve student academic performance by involving parents in the educational process.
Parent Engagement Model
Parents will be involved with the Guam PIRC through a systematic person-to-person outreach with individual schools and villages. This outreach will join parents with other parents, as well as partnering with school teachers and administrators. Parents will be trained to help their children with schoolwork and to understand the school system. They can become Parent Mentors and teach other parents what they’ve learned. Finally, they can take leadership roles and be involved in policymaking or serve on school parent groups.
Early Childhood Model
Our core belief is that parents are their children’s first and best teachers. To help parents with this responsibility, the Guam PIRC will provide training for those with children ages 0 to 5 years on local resources “Guam Early Learning Guidelines” (GELG) and the “All Learning Opportunities Nurture Growth” (ALONG) programs. Training will also be provided through the national organization of “Parents As Teachers” (PAT) and the “Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters” (HIPPY) programs.
The four main work objectives of the Guam PIRC will be:
- to develop parent involvement programs, activities, and policies;
- to help parents communicate better and partner with teachers, administrators, and other school personnel;
- to develop community outreach activities in the different villages to help parents become better teachers of their own children; and
- to help parents of all cultures to teach and train their preschoolers so they are ready with the skills needed to enter school.
How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
Many local parents on Guam come from lower socioeconomic levels and from the outer islands of Micronesia. Language and economic barriers may keep these parents from being effectively involved in their children’s education. Our work plan focuses on outreach. Rather than expecting these parents to come to us, we will go to them through activities in the schools and villages.
Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
Because Guam is an island territory, the Guam PIRC is the statewide PIRC. However, our constituency includes many individuals from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Networking with other island PIRCs will be beneficial in helping to provide culturally appropriate and relevant resources.
The Guam PIRC serves a culturally diverse island population. Many of those served speak English as a second language and have varied views and values regarding education. This complicates but energizes our mission. The Guam PIRC also prides itself as being grassroots in nature: a center for parents—run by parents!