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Colorado Parent Information Resource Center

Parent Involvement = School Success

Children with involved parents, from all backgrounds, are more likely to have:

  • Higher grades and test scores
  • Better school attendance
  • Increased motivation and self-esteem
  • Lower rates of suspension
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Higher graduation rates and motivation to go on to more education
  • (Epstein, Simon &Salinas (1997), Jordan, Snow & Porche (2000), Starkey & Klein (2000))

The Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center (CPIRC), a project of Clayton Early Learning Institute and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, has served parents, schools, and community organizations throughout Colorado since 1995. Through CPIRC, the Institute provides information and resources to meaningfully engage families in their children’s education, and offers training and technical assistance to school personnel and parent leaders that supports school-family partnerships.

  • Professional development for educators
  • Parent Involvement Conferences and Staff In-Service Training:
  • Strategies to overcome barriers
  • Strategies to communicate effectively with and engage all families
  • Strategies to create welcoming schools
  • Development of meaningful parent involvement policies and plans
  • Technical assistance to Title I schools for parent involvement planning and development
  • Training of trainers: workshops for parents

School age and early childhood education staff and parent leaders are trained to present workshops to parents on supporting learning at home. Trainers receive ongoing support from CPIRC staff. Parent workshop topics include:

  • Understanding school and student data, standards and systems
  • Understanding CSAP
  • Parent-teacher communication
  • Helping students with homework
  • Raising successful readers
  • Early literacy and kindergarten transition activities
  • Parent involvement throughout their child’s education

CPIRC also provides services through its statewide partners:

For more information about how you can become involved in this program, please contact Tina House, Program Manager 303-355-5387 or thouse@claytonearlylearning.org. Please visit the CPIRC website for information and activities to support learning at home http://www.cpirc.org.

 

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