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Matching Funds - Capacity Building Project

Parents for Public Schools

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2002–April 30, 2005
  • Location Jackson, MS, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Despite current trends toward greater family involvement in public schools, true parent engagement is still not understood in practice and has never been funded adequately. Until parents are effectively involved, the struggle for equity will be prolonged and public schools will best serve those with the loudest voice. In 2001, a $5 million national strategy was launched to work with local chapters to increase parent involvement in public schools. Multiyear funding will support efforts to strengthen chapter capacity to impact school quality for all children and to broaden the spectrum of parents involved in school reform. Specific goals include selecting up to 10 sites to participate in the capacity-building component; and providing intensive technical assistance to selected sites to engage under-represented families.Parents for Public Schools works to redefine the role of parents in school reform. Since its inception in 1991, 50 chapters have been established in communities in 15 states.