The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) is dedicated to achieving economic and social equality for all through education. PIQE believes that every child has the right to a quality education. In addition, a large body of research indicates that parent engagement positively impacts their children’s academic performance. With that, PIQE educates and empowers parents to advocate for their children’s education and to positively impact the public school system. They work to “Create a College-Going Culture” for low-income and ethnically diverse communities. Their signature Parent Engagement in Education Program is the primary vehicle utilized by PIQE to carry out its mission and enable low-income and minority students to excel academically. This program is offered in 16 languages and is provided to parents with children in K-12 schools. PIQE has graduated over 600,000 parents from its signature program from 16 diverse language communities and impacted the academic development of over 1.8 million high need K-12 students.
One of their growing areas of work is around early education and civic engagement in which PIQE provides an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program, Early (K-3) Literacy Program and Civic Engagement. In its Civic Engagement and Parent Leadership programs PIQE has trained 400 parent leaders who are working creating community projects, which have focused on a variety of issues, including restorative justice and local community control of schools. The Early Childhood Development Program engages parents in activities that stimulate language development and essential pre-reading skills, as well as activities that help recognize the presence of mathematics in everyday life. The K-3 Literacy Program was designed in collaboration with the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP), PIQE’s Literacy Program introduces parents to the five elements of literacy in order to show parents how to be purposeful at home to help strengthen all of these areas.