USF Florida Parental Information and Resource Center (Florida Partnership for Parent Involvement)
Florida Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) at USF for the Florida Partnership in Education
University of South Florida
3500 E. Fletcher Ave., Suite 301
Tampa, FL 33613
Phone: (813) 974-5458
Fax: (813) 396-9925
The Florida Parental Information and Resource Center at the University of South Florida (Florida PIRC at USF ) is a federally funded project of the US Department of Education which began in October, 2006. Their office is located on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa.
The Florida PIRC at USF provides training and technical assistance to schools and districts on ways to effectively involve parents and their children’s education in order for all students to achieve at the highest academic level. The Florida PIRC at USF also helps schools and districts meet the requirements for parent involvement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title I legislation. The Florida PIRC at USF especially seeks to support families of children who may be educationally disadvantaged because of economic factors, differences in language, or learning challenges. Significant emphasis also is given to supporting early childhood parent education, recognizing that a solid foundation for learning is best established in the early years.
The goals of the PIRC are designed to increase parents’ knowledge, skills, and confidence in becoming engaged in their children’s education in meaningful ways as well as to increase the knowledge of educators in parental involvement that is related to academic achievement.
The mission of the PIRC is to empower Florida’s families to support children’s academic success through leading edge parent involvement practices and partnerships. Their vision is to succeed in involving Florida’s families in their children’s education so all students can realize their full academic potential.
- All children and their families deserve opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic, or economic factors.
- Established and emerging research is the foundation of family involvement training, materials, and services for parents and educators.
- An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.
Family Involvement Network of Educators Newsletters (Harvard Family Reasearch Project)