Parents Plus Programs
Parents Plus programs fall under three main categories.
Our Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) is a federally funded program that works to implement and improve parental involvement programs that are designed in improve student achievement. Our programs include:
- The Action Team for Partnerships Training Institute, which provides trainings on family-school-community partnerships. We also partner with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to place VISTA volunteers.
- Professional development for school staff statewide.
- Trainings and workshops for parents, in such areas as brain development and advocating for your child.
- Disseminating Supplemental Education Services information to Milwaukee Public School parents.
We also operate the Wisconsin State Office for Parents as Teachers. Parents Plus provides training and technical support for organizations using PAT, an internationally recognized home visiting model for parents of young children. As of 2009, we support 44 programs operating throughout the state of Wisconsin, and provide direct funding for eight programs at family resource centers. In addition, we provide the Parents Are Key program in the high-need area of Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin Alliance for Healthy Marriage provides relationship education to unmarried parents who are expecting or have a new baby, teaching them how to maintain positive relationships and work together as parents. The program is administered through a network of family resource centers throughout the state, who have provided services to over 140 couples since the beginning of 2009.
We operate several other programs that promote parent involvement in various ways. Please visit our drop down menu to see all the programs we have available.