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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.
Idaho State PIRC
Boise, ID
3010 W. State, Suite 104
Boise, ID 83703

Web site: http://www.idahopirc.org
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
  Director:
Ms. Diane Demarest

Phone: 208-345-3344 ext. 1014
Fax: 208-345-3700

Evaluator: Judy Farnsworth

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The Idaho PIRC is a statewide collaboration of five programs which employs broad-based statewide strategies to provide services to support families, parents, schools, and communities as they come together for student success. The five sites of the Idaho PIRC are located in five major population centers in Idaho: the Idaho Panhandle, Ada County, Canyon County, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello. Together the sites provide direct services to 23 counties, covering 71% of the state’s population and website and technical assistance to those areas without a physical site. Our service areas are both rural and urban.

Parental Engagement Model
Parents are provided with information through home visiting programs, parent trainings, PIRC centers and school-linked centers spread across the state, and the PIRC website. Every service offered is research-based and has been demonstrated as an effective method in supporting parents, families and children.

Early Childhood Model
Each site provides the Parents As Teachers program to families with children ages 0 to 5 years. Because parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers, these programs help train parents in positive parenting skills, and provide the information and support that parents need to give their children a solid foundation for school success. In a state where kindergarten participation is not required, a major PIRC goal is to educate our citizens on the importance of early childhood education and the research which demonstrates how parent involvement in children’s learning is positively related to student achievement. We want parents to understand all the aspects of parent involvement; importance of providing learning experiences, attending school activities, helping with homework, turning off the TV, providing good nutrition, and more

Major Activities
Idaho PIRC provides trainings and information to:

  • Assist parents in participating effectively in their children’s educational experience to improve academic achievement.
  • Increase parental knowledge of child development and to strengthen the relationships between children and parents.
  • Provide school personnel with information about the resources, services, and programs available to assist them in partnering with families.
  • Encourage parent involvement in schools and their child’s entire educational experience.
  • Assist parents to understand NCLB- what they need to know to be the best advocates for their children and their schools.
  • Coordinate and integrate early childhood programs with school age programs.

How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
Parents are our partners as well. We provide many opportunities for parents to share their input on our services and require that parents serve on our advisory committees. We encourage parents to participate in their school improvement planning committees as well as the PTO/PTA organizations that support the students in their school communities. PIRC personnel participate with Title I schools as part of their Partnership Action Teams or Partners In Education committees

Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
The Idaho PIRC joins all PIRC programs across the United States in their efforts for:

  • Improved home-school communication
  • Increased student achievement
  • Increased school academic achievement
  • Increased parent involvement in school planning
  • Increased parent involvement in school review
  • Increased parental involvement in school improvement
  • Increased school readiness

 

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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