203 N. Hamilton Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Web site: http://www.nyspirc.org/
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Ms. Carol West
Evaluator: Laura Payne-Bourcy, Mary Ellen Blakey
Evaluator affiliation: Office of Professional Research and Development, Syracuse University
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County in cooperation with Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services is implementing a Parental Information and Resource Center in New York’s North Country. This New York PIRC entitled Families and Communities Together with Schools (FACTS) will serve eleven school districts in Jefferson County, an area heavily impacted by the military (Fort Drum) and having a significant number of families who are economically and educationally disadvantaged. To address these issues CCE has designed the FACTS program to consist of multiple components that coincide with the PIRC statutes.
1) FACTS will provide intensive and long-term home visiting for high risk families who have children age five and under using the Parents as Teachers curriculum. In addition to helping families prepare for school success, FACTS will assist parents in developing their own educational goals by collaborating with community programs offering adult literacy and workforce development.
2) Community-based parenting education will include workshops, school-based parenting resource rooms and individual consultations for families of school age children. In accordance with PIRC statute, Sec. 5564, services will focus on providing information and activities that assist parents in developing home-school partnerships and helping children meet state and local standards.
3) FACTS will offer Staff Development for teachers and school personnel to assist them in communicating with parents and involving them in their children’s education. Additionally, FACTS will provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of parental involvement policies by forming and facilitating School Action Teams in each district. These teams consisting of school personnel, parents, and students will work to develop partnerships in support of student success and parental involvement.
4) FACTS will provide statewide outreach to disseminate materials and information related to parental involvement. Methods will include conferences, a comprehensive website and listserv, and the development of low-literacy parent guides to be distributed in multiple venues.