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ATTN: Although Mass PIRC is no longer funded as of 9/30/2012,
its works will continue as part of the Massachusetts Center
for Family and Community Engagement
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Massachusetts Parent Information
and Resource Center (PIRC)

Mass PIRC, also known as Parents' PLACE, has been funded the past thirteen years by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parental Information and Resource Center Program, CFDA #84.310A, Award Number U310A060075, under the auspices of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Effective October 1, 2011, the USDOE eliminated funding for all 62 PIRCs across the country.

The Federation is fully committed to family and community engagement in every school for every child and is creating the Massachusetts Center for Family and Community Engagement in Schools. The mission of this Center is to seek new ways to ensure strong and vital family engagement in Massachusetts schools. As part of this Center's efforts, a Family and Community Engagement Team (FACET) will be established to support parents, community leaders, and school personnel to promote high quality family and community engagement opportunities within the life of the school. The Federation knows firsthand the power of families, communities, and schools working together for the benefit of every child in every school.

Early Childhood

Helping Young Children Learn Two Languages
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Early Math Learning Begins at Home
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Setting a Strong Foundation for Learning: Babies at Work!
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Parents as Teachers (PATs) Programs

Family and Community Engagement for the 21st Century

Learn about the "Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals." developed by the Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Board of Education.

In Family and Community Engagement in Every School for Every Child, learn what 21st century family engagement looks like, and what the Federation is doing to make it a reality.


Resources for English Language Learners

Immigrant Student Rights
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Rights of English Language Learners English | Spanish | Portuguese | Albanian | Cape Verdean Creole | Haitan Creole | Somali | Russian | Vietnamese | Chinese

English Language Learners and State Assessments English | Spanish | Portuguese | Albanian | Cape Verdean Creole | Russian | Hatian Creole | Vietnamese


International study finds significant and lasting positive effects of reading to and talking with young children



Check out how Mass PIRC makes a difference in Massachusetts with families, schools and districts.



Common Core State Standards: What they mean for families and students


PIRC Bulletin coverIn July of 2010, Massachusetts agreed to adopt new national education standards. These standards, called the Common Core State Standards, were designed by experts from across the nation to prepare students for success in college and 21st century careers. This Bulletin explains what the Common Core State Standards are, why they were created, and how they will affect Massachusetts students.
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