Parent Information and Resource Center Earns National Award

NEW BRUNSWICK – The New Jersey State Parent Information Resource Center, a program of Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, recently received a 2010 Partnership Organization Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University.

NJPIRC is leading efforts across the state to teach and specific strategies that help districts and schools foster family and community involvement. The award recognizes the agency’s Parent Information Resource Center (NJPIRC) for its excellence guiding districts and schools to develop comprehensive partnerships between school, family, and community groups as a means to foster strong learning and academic success. Decades of research demonstrate that when families are engaged in their child’s education, students achieve stronger learning and academic goals.


“PCA-NJ’s Parent Information and Resource Center (NJPIRC) is demonstrating that research-based approaches can be used to increase goal-linked family and community involvement to contribute to student success in school,” said Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of NNPS.

NJPIRC continues working with districts and schools to help strengthen school, family, and community partnerships that help students succeed. The schools currently working with NJPIRC to develop comprehensive parent engagement programs include:

* Forest Street Elementary School, Orange
* Keansburg School District, Keansburg
* Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne
* Burlington Office of Early Childhood, Burlington
* Paterson School #3, Paterson
* Paterson School #7, Paterson
* Lanning Square School, Camden
* US Wiggins College Preparatory Lab School, Camden
* Willingboro Public Schools, Willingboro
* Cramer College Preparatory Lab School, Camden
* Lincoln High School, Jersey City
* Chaplain Charles J. Watters Elementary (PS 24), Jersey City
* Liberty High School, Jersey City
* Charles L. Spragg Elementary School, Egg Harbor
* Highland Park School District, Highland
* Neptune Township School District, Neptune
* Greater Brunswick Charter School, New Brunswick

For more information about NJPIRC, call 1.800.CHILDREN or visit

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