At Massachusetts Parent Information and Resource Center (Mass. PIRC), our work is to help families and schools get the information and assistance they need to form firm partnerships aimed at helping children succeed in school—and in life. Our founding belief is that all children have a right to a quality education, regardless of where they live, the language they speak, or special needs they may have. Parents—as their children’s first teachers and powerful advocates—play key roles in making that belief a reality.
Our services are intended for all Massachusetts families. Our work with schools and school districts is targeted to districts with high numbers of schools in need of improvement.
Mass. PIRC collaborates with eight partners. Our partners bring extensive expertise and proven track records of accomplishment and excellence. Our partners help us reach families and schools across state, address the special needs of children birth through high school, and understand the diverse needs of families, schools, and school districts.
Mass. PIRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement under Grant #84.310A, Parent Information and Resource Centers.
Massachusetts PIRC is a project of the private, nonprofit Federation for Children with Special Needs, an organization founded by parents. Since 1974, the Federation has provided parents of children with disabilities the information and training they need to be partners with professionals in supporting their children’s education. Massachusetts PIRC is the Federation’s first project devoted to reaching all families, especially those at risk.