Success Story Student Voices - Nine-Week Parent Engagement Program, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

STUDENT VOICES - Teaching parents how to navigate the school system and promote meaningful partnerships with schools and educators

Nine-Week Parent Engagement Program, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Founded in 1987, PIQE operates nine parent development programs to teach parents how to navigate/impact the school system and promote meaningful interaction/partnerships between parents, schools, and educators. They aim to help children improve their academic performance and graduate from high school by informing parents what classes and tests their children must take to prepare for post-secondary education. In an effort to significantly improve the overall academic performance, college readiness, and economic future of high need youth the Nine-Week Parent Engagement program promotes a "College-Going Culture" and provides parents with fundamental information, skills, and tools to ensure that their children are prepared for a post-secondary education.

PIQE's mission is to connect families, schools, and community as partners to advance the education of every child through parent engagement. The goal is to empower, and transform low-income multi-cultural/multi-lingual parents to participate in their children’s education so that K-12 disadvantaged youth stay in school, improve their academic performance, develop healthy/constructive relationships with their parents, teachers, and counselors, and graduate from HS with the option of a post-secondary education.

With 11 offices that impact 36 out of 58 counties in California they have created partnerships with 3,794 K-12 schools, successfully outreached over 600,000 parents which in turn impacts over 1.8 million K-12 students.