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What are some existing support programs for parents?

Here are some city or statewide parent-support programs that you may be interested in contacting or joining. This list is not comprehensive. To learn about other groups offering programs in your area, inquire at your child's school, the school district office, and with community and faith-based organizations.

  • National Parent Education Network (NPEN)
    The National Parent Education Network works to advance the field of parent education by supporting existing parent programs. NPEN aims to expand research and outreach to increase the accessibility of parent education opportunities in support of parents and families.


    Existing California programs include:

    California P.A.R.E.N.T. Center
    San Diego
    Director: John Wedemeyer

    California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools
    San Francisco

  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)
    The Parent Institute for Quality Education aims to bring schools, parents, and communities together as equal partners in the education of every child. PIQE trains parents to be educators and to take a participatory role in not only improving parent-child relationships but also helping their children stay in school, improve their performance in class, and attend a college or university. PIQE provides instructional courses, materials, and other support services. Contact PIQE for more information or to find a PIQE program near you:

    4010 Morena Blvd #200
    San Diego, CA 92117
    (858) 483-4499
    Fax: (858) 483-4646

  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
    The Parent Teacher Association is a nationwide nonprofit organization with local chapters across the United States. PTA members consist of students, parents, and educators who collaborate to improve their schools through the development and advancement of policies, programs, finances, and other related support. Contact your child's school to see if they have a PTA. If one does not currently exist, you may want to consider starting one. Contact the National PTA for more information:

    National PTA
    541 N. Fairbanks Ct, Suite 1300
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 670-6782 or (800) 307-4PTA (4782)
    Fax: (312) 670-6783

    California PTA
    930 Georgia Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90015-1322
    (213) 620-1100
    Fax: (213) 620-1411

  • Parents as Teachers (PAT) National Center
    Parents as Teachers is a national nonprofit parent education and family support organization. PAT develops curriculum and trains and certifies parent educators to work with parents, providing them with parenting support and information on their developing child. The program's core components consist of personal visits, group meetings, developmental screenings, and links to a network of community resources. PAT has local programs all over the United States. Contact PAT to find a program near you:

    PAT National Center
    222 Ball Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63146
    (314) 432-4330 or (866) 728-4968
    Fax: 314-432-8963

  • Parents for Public Schools (PPS)
    Parents for Public Schools is a national organization with local chapters dedicated to recruiting families to stay in or come back to public schools. For a PPS program near you, contact:

    National PPS
    3252 N. State Street
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (800) 880-1222
    Fax: (601) 353-0002

  • Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (PFIE)
    The U.S. Department of Education established the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (PFIE) to enhance the relationship between businesses, community and religious organizations, families, and schools in support of parent involvement in education. To encourage such support, the Department of Education administers PFIE and offers resources, ideas, funding, and conferences relevant to family involvement in education. Partners across various sectors commit to increasing family participation in children's learning through a variety of activities and efforts, some of which include: student- and family-friendly policies at the workplace, before- and after-school programs, tutoring and mentoring initiatives, and donations of facilities and technologies. Contact PFIE to find a program near you:

    Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202
    (800) USA-LEARN

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