Parent Resource Center Overview and Planning Winecoff August 27, 2014 12:00 PM
Agenda • Yearly Implementation Plan • What is a Parent Resource Center? • Establish Action Team • Review Timeline of Events • Establish Dates (adapted from Fairfax County Public Schools, Parent Center Guide, 12-13)
3 Year Implementation Year 1 Introduce and Invite Resources and Support Year 2 Revisit, Refine and Build Activities Year 3 Revisit, Refine and Build Community and Parent Connections
What is a Parent Resource Center? • A specific place where parents, volunteers and students can gather to learn, share information, volunteer and promote and support learning at home. • A welcoming environment where parents see as a place of their own, a place where everyone feels safe and where resources are available to them. (adapted from Fairfax County Public Schools, Family and School Partnerships, 12-13)
Goals of a Parent Resource Center • To promote family engagement in children’s education at home and at school. • To foster collaborative relationships between families, the school and the community.
What Parent Resource Centers Can Provide (Year 1) • Resources and Support • Assist parents with strategies to support learning at home • Lending library (leveled texts, We Both Read Books, Keep Books) • Educational information/brochures • Resource list for community agencies • Adult learning resources (Rosetta Stone) • Parent Engagement resources (Ready Rosie) • Meeting space for parent groups or workshops • Location for parent-teacher or parent-principal meetings • Waiting area • Listening stations (audio books) • Volunteer activities (making copies, cutting, etc.) Adapted from Fairfax County Public Schools, Parent Center Guide, 2012
What Parent Resources can Provide Continued (Year 2) • Activities • Parent to parent support groups • Adult and/or student learning/tutoring classes • Parent education workshops • Clothing closets/food pantries • Book Clubs for parents or children • Family Nights – engaging in learning/curriculum workshops • Mentoring or Buddy Reading Program
What Can Parent resources Provide (Year 3) • Community and Parent Connections • Community organizations hold workshops, classes, registrations • Information/brochures on community based programs
Action Team • In collaboration with Amy and MTSS Coordinator, the action team will: • Insure buy-in and support • Provide suggestions for action plan, timeline and dates • Deliver parent engagement modules, if needed • Setting up, accomplishing and evaluating PRC • CIS Coordinator/Parent Representative • Suggestions?
Parent Engagement Modules • Module 1: Establish a Vision, Belief System and Goals • Module 2: Examine Current Practices, Barriers and Solutions
Next Steps…. Timeline and Dates
Questions? Suggestions? “Providing a welcoming place where families can gather, learn, and access school and community resources sends a clear message that families are very important to the education of their children.” (Fairfax County Public Schools, Parent Center Guide, 12-13)