Hampshire Education Collaborative (HEC)
The Hampshire Education Collaborative supports Massachusetts PIRCís efforts to provide professional development opportunities. In collaboration with the Mass. Department of Education, HEC supports educators who need licensure in underperforming school districts. It has also developed sophisticated distance learning opportunities to help Mass. PIRC expand its reach to schools and families statewide. Its Center for English Language Education [CELE] specializes in professional development and training in English Language Education.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a child advocacy organization with the mission of improving life conditions and opportunities for children in Massachusetts. MAC has a special commitment to the education and well being of children who are low-income, racially diverse, limited English speaking, and disabled. MAC, a partner of Massachusetts PIRC since its establishment in 1999, is a leader of education reform in the state. MAC works extensively with the Boston School District in bringing about systemic changes.
RMC Research Corporation
RMC Research is the evaluator for Massachusetts PIRC. RMC is a national leader in evaluation with special expertise in education reform, literacy, and parent involvement. RMC has provided technical assistance to PIRCs, and works with schools and organizations across the nation to improve the quality and reach of their services, especially in the area of parentsí contributions to their childrenís education.
Parents As Teachers Programs
Massachusetts PIRC believes that parents are their childrenís first and best teachers. To support parent and families in their roles and teachers and nurturers, Massachusetts PIRC provides support to four Parents as Teachers programs across the state. Parents As Teachers is an internationally renowned research-based program. Certified parent educators trained in child development work individually with families over a year, teaching them powerful research-based ways to support their childrenís growth and development. PAT programs include:
- Attleboro Project Connect Family Network
908 Oak Hill Avenue
Attleboro, MA 02703
- McInerney Parent Center
48 Elizabeth Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
- Milford Family Network Project
31 West fountain Street
Milford, MA 01757
- PACE/Child Care Works Family Center
105 Williams Street, 4th Floor
New Bedford, MA 02740