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Here are this month's FINE member updates. Please feel free to forward this information to friends and other colleagues.

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Parental Information Resource Center (PIRC) Grant Opportunity

PIRCs help implement effective parental involvement policies, programs and activities that promote student achievement and strengthen home–school relationships to meet the educational needs of children.

  • Federal Request for Proposals

    On March 27, the Notice of Final Priorities and Eligibility Requirements and the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 for the PIRC program was published in the Federal Register. To view the Request for Proposals, go to the above link.

  • Application Process

    The PIRC Program will use an electronic process on the site for grant application submission. To register, visit the above link.

  • Additional Questions

    To facilitate your use of the site and Education submission procedures, it is important to read the U.S Department of Education document, Submission Procedures, and Tips for Applicants. If you have additional questions, please contact

HFRP Evaluation Tools for PIRC Grant Applicants

HFRP, in collaboration with RMC Research, has compiled a set of tools that will help PIRCs in completing current grants and in applying for the next round of grantmaking from the U.S. Department of Education.

Recent Reports

  • Fighting Obesity in the Public Schools

    This policy brief from The Future of Children explains why efforts to combat childhood obesity should focus on schools and suggests ways for schools to target the problem. Strategies include raising standards for nutrition and physical activity during the school day and communicating with parents to improve children’s nutritional intake at home.

  • The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts

    This report explores the results of a survey of high school dropouts, including the relationship between parent involvement and school completion. Sixty-eight percent of respondents reported that parents became involved in education only after learning that their children might soon drop out. Many parents reported a lack of knowledge about their children's grades and attendance patterns. You can see suggestions for increasing graduation rates including improving parent-school communication and engagement strategies and building stronger relationships between students and school staff.

  • Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth

    The American Youth Policy Forum looks at what schools and communities can do to connect with young people who have dropped out of school and help them build successful lives. You can find profiles of twelve communities and seven national programs that are working to engage these young people and their families.


Upcoming Events

  • Continuity from Pre-Birth to Five: Enhancing Connections for Babies, Families and Communities

    The 10th Annual Birth to Three Institute for early childhood professionals, community partners, policymakers, and researchers will be held in Baltimore, May 16–19. Workshop topics include suggestions for building relationships between parents and the community, working with parents to improve literacy outcomes, providing continuity between child care and home, and dealing with cultural differences, families of children with disabilities, and military families.

  • Community Schools: Creating the Conditions for Learning

    The 2006 National Forum of the Coalition for Community Schools will take place in Baltimore, June 14–16. This event will bring together professionals from education, government, family and community support services, and many other fields to focus on how to create the conditions for learning, which include core instructional programs, family–school collaboration, and community engagement.

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