As education budgets continue to shrink, we are concerned more than ever about how schools can continue to address the needs of low-income students who often require more, not less educational investment and support. The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) has developed a tested and proven program that has served and graduated more than 600,000 parents and enhanced the education of more than 1.8 million K-12 students in California.
PIQE’s work is critical in promoting its “Nine-Week Parent Engagement in Education Program” to “Create a College-Going Culture” for all students. Working together with K-12 schools and increasingly partnering with colleges and universities, our programs deliver the kind of support families critically need. Despite current economic trends, we’ve been expanding our programs as the needs and demands within all low-income communities have increased.
Our accomplishments are many, but one that makes us most proud is our continued collaboration with the California State University system. The CSU Chancellor Charles Reed pledged $3.4 million to implement our signature program, the Parent Engagement in Education Program in five schools in each of CSU’s 23 regions for the past six years. His successor, Chancellor Timothy White has continued this historic partnership with PIQE. These Universities rely on our programs to help under-represented low-income students prepare themselves for a CSU education. This support enables us to help more families and students, and solidifies our funding as we move forward.
We have also received valuable support from many elected officials, corporations, foundations and private citizens. All of these entities recognize the valuable services PIQE offers parents as they prepare their children for success in K-12 schools, colleges, and beyond. We wish each and every one of our parent graduates the greatest success for their children, and thank all of our supporters for helping us in this very important endeavor.
President and Chief Executive Officer