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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Family Services for Adolescent Parents

Mission: Piqe's mission is to connect families, schools and community as partners to advance the education of every child through parent engagement. Our vision is to create a community in which parents and educators collaborate to transform every child's educational environment, both at home and at school, so that all children can achieve their greatest academic potential.

Programs: Piqe's signature program is the parent engagement education program. True to the organization's mission, the program educates parents on how to foster a positive educational environment for their children both at home and at school. The program, which lasts nine weeks, is free to parents. Parents who participate learn how to create a positive and lasting educational environment at home using a number of proven academic success tools: dedicating a home study location and time of day for homework; creating ongoing dialog with their kids' surrounding their academic successes and challenges; discussing children's college expectations; and more. Creating a bridge between home and school is also emphasized. Parents learn about how grades are used for college admittance; what classes are important and needed for children planning to attend college; how to navigate the school system, and other information vital to academic success of their children. Classes are taught in one of 16 different languages by professional piqe facilitators, who are members of the communities they serve. The class series culminates in a parent group meeting with the school principal, followed by a piqe graduation ceremony. Parent graduation is a celebration that is typically very powerful to parents who may not have a formal education, and an opportunity for children to see their parents as graduates themselves. In the past 25 years, piqe has served more than 583,000 low-income parents from 16 diverse language communities in 36 counties in california. An additional 150,000 low-income parents have been served in nine other states; arizona, texas, minnesota, montana, virginia, washington, new mexico, ohio and wisconsin. After attending the parent engagement education program, schools may enroll parents in this follow-up program to ensure that educational principles learned are not lost and are applied consistently. This is accomplished by a monthly telephone call to each parent from a class facilitator or trained coach. More than 60,000 parents have participated in this optional program. Parents report that the program provides a contact they can rely on to continue the dialog about their student. In addition, a monthly report is sent to the principal citing the number of parents contacted and any issues or concerns raised by parents. The costs of this program are covered by the host school or public/private funds.

teachers' workshop on effective parent engagement:this six-hour workshop, designed by piqe in collaboration with the stanford research institute (sri), helps teachers and administrators work with parents on how to support their children's education. The workshop covers several themes, including: the need for parents to become involved in their children's education; effective strategies for parent involvement; the role of the parent and of the teacher in influencing student performance; parent-teacher interaction and conferences; and the design of a parent involvement action plan by teachers and administrators.

science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program (stem):piqe's stem curriculum educates parents on the importance of helping their children build a strong foundation in math and science. Parents also learn fun and interactive ways to teach their children about these concepts in their everyday lives. This two-lesson curriculum works to demystify stem concepts, which often times are thought of as being too challenging and complex. The stem program encourages parents to ensure that their students are taking the correct classes in school, enrolling in accelerated programs, researching internship opportunities and seeking additional help when needed.

family financial literacy education: piqe created its financial literacy program in 2006. Through interactions with piqe families, staff realized that there was a strong need to help families learn more about saving accounts, credit and finances. The financial literacy program, a collaboration between banks and piqe, has helped 2,000 families gain a greater understanding of their finances since its inception. The six-hour program stresses basic money management techniques and how to create wealth through asset accumulation. Subjects include basic banking services such as checking and savings accounts; budgeting; financial planning; establishing and using credit; the importance of maintaining good credit; preventing identity theft; and loan options. Parent leadership program: piqe's parent leadership program helps parents gain the confidence and skills required to be inspirational advocates for their children's education. Piqe provides training to establish leadership development and promotes parental involvement in the decision-making process. After three additional training sessions, parents will learn skills to actively participate in the school system, have knowledge of public policy issues in education, and clearly understand the difference between traditional parent involvement vs. Parent leadership.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

PIQE is more than just a parent engagement program, but rather a generational social movement creating a college going culture for populations generally not served. As a Board Member, I take pride in the tremendous opportunity PIQE offers families throughout the country, and I am honored to champion its mission, vision, goals, objectives, and deliverables. I applaud the team of leaders, staff, volunteers, schools, community advocates, and families, who truly value making a positive difference in the educational outcomes of our children. We must invest in our future generations to ensure America stays strong and provides opportunities for all children to lead productive lives. PIQE has proven, over its 25 year history, that caring parents in partnership with schools, will achieve successful results for children, so we must support the legacy and continue to energize the movement.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The PIQE Program is recognized in the California State Univerisity system as an exemplary parent involvement program serving lingusitically and culturally diverse communities. Due to PIQE's reputation, Fresno State teacher candidates have offered to work with PIQE to gain training in parent involvement since having such skills are essential for teachers working in diverse communities. The PIQE staff are often invited to serve on conference panels or as guest speakers due to their epertise on how to work effectively with lanuage minority families. In addition, PIQE has provided its best practices to numerous schools in Fresno Unified School District. As such, PIQE is highly regarded in the the Fresno region.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I knew PIQE six years ago, was a wonderful opportunity for me to help parents take action with their children about attending college. I did it, my son is at SDSU right now. Thank's PIQE

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a PIQE's facilitator is my paycheck, not for the stippend, it is for the big opportunity to share with the community, and empower parents. Putting parents in action, is having children in College.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a retired educator from the Los Angeles Unified School District. I began to volunteer with Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) as a facilitator for parent workshops the year that I retired - 2008. I have worked with them ever since and am consistently struck by their professionalism and their dedication to providing parents with practical, usable tools so that they may assist their children on their academic path. Another aspect of the organization that is especially impressive is the dedication to the academic success and college trajectory of students whose parents they serve. PIQE is continually re-evaluating their program based on parent input and changing requirements.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Piqe for over one year. The difference that makes in the families and children are great. They should have this program as a class for the parents so they could understand much better all the changes and what they need to do for their children

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about PIQE for years now and have volunteered in their San Diego office. Throughout my college career I was always amazed as to how PIQE targets a community which is often overlooked, minority parents and the tremendous impact they have in the professional success of their children. I have extensively worked to help underprivileged youth achieve higher education goals through mentorship programs and community outreach, but the parents are a big part of the educational journey of minority students. As a future educator I have seen the impact that parents have in the lives of my students and PIQE is one of the programs which helps students and their families achieve the success they deserve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started looking for an organization to volunter, I wanted a program that made a difference for the people in my community... and this programs does that. It gives the parents valuable tools to navigate the school system in a way that a parent ends up being more proactive in their childrens' education and it gives them resources to encourage and help their children to attain higher education. At the end when you get the parents involved and they understand their responsibilty and power to overcome challenges as a family that they may be presented with, you build a better student, school and a community. This is a program that truly makes a difference.

Jenny D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure to work with PIQE for about 6 six years and I must say that this program makes a big difference in our community. I've been a facilitator, educating students and parents and conducting workshops for those parents interested in making a difference in their children's education. It gives me hope to see parents so engaged in the workshops and willing to take the time, out of their busy schedule, to attend. Most of them would go directly after work, some still in their work uniforms and so eager to learn more about the educational system. I really enjoyed making a difference in my community and I will continue to support PIQE in giving every child the chance of a college education.

1 Elizabeth J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came in contact with PIQE through a professional colleague who spoke so enthusiastically about the organization that I decided to accept an invitation to one of the parent graduations. I immediately understood what all the hype was about. The graduating speeches were powerful and moving. These parent had become empowered to be apart of their kids education, and more. Often it was the only graduation these parent had been a part of. It was a very positive environment and families were all very proud of the parents that completed the program.