Nine-Week Parent Engagement Program

Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Parental/Family Engagement


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.

Program Description

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.


In 2013, a longitudinal study on parents served between 2005 and 2007 was completed by San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University on the impact of PIQE’s Nine-Week Parent Engagement in Education Program. The study showed that:

  • 90% of PIQE’s Latino Students graduated from high school and 78% of those students enrolled in college as a direct result of their parents’ participation in the program.

This confirmed the findings from a similar study performed by SDSU in 2004, which showed among participating Latino families, 93% of students graduated from high school. Of graduating students, 79% enrolled in college following high school graduation.

In 2010, the California Partnership of Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS) showed:·

  • When compared to their peers, children of PIQE parent graduates performed better in high school with a significantly greater number receiving their high school diploma. Children of PIQE graduates also showed increases in achievement in Math and English.
  • The children of these parents graduated high school at a higher rate than their peers, were more likely to attempt a math course in high school at or above intermediate algebra, had earned higher grades and standardized test scores, and had enrolled in a postsecondary institution at a higher rate than non-PIQE peers.
  • Compared to their peers, children of PIQE graduates have lower rates of truancy, disciplinary problems, and absenteeism.

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.