The lead organization for the Maryland State Parental Information Resource Center (MD PIRC) program is the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help create learning environments that provide equitable opportunities for all students to succeed.
MAEC provides assistance to policymakers, superintendents, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members in the mid-Atlantic region on effective programs, policies, practices, and instructional strategies to increase student achievement. It also addresses issues such as: violence and harassment prevention, prejudice reduction, parent involvement, compliance with educational laws and regulations, and issues related to school improvement.
MD PIRC is assisted by the following partners: Teaching for Change, the National Network of Partnership Schools (at Johns Hopkins University), Maryland Family Network (MFN), and the Judy Center Partnerships.
The program consists of four main components:
- Statewide Component: Building Partnerships, Building Pride - Focused on promoting effective policies and practices, this component concentrates on: building networks among parents, advocates and educators; sponsoring four regional conferences; disseminating information for parents, parent advocates and educators aligned with No Child Left Behind; and offering a bilingual website and parent hotline.
- Parent-Focused Component: Tellin' Stories - In collaboration with Teaching for Change, this program works directly with parents to increase the participation and advocacy of African American and Latino parents in schools to order to create school-wide change.
- School-Focused Component: National Network of Partnership Schools - In collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, this program offers a research-based approach for developing district leadership and school action teams to increase family and community involvement.
- Early Childhood Component: Family Support Centers' Specialized Training for Parents of Young Children - In collaboration with Friends of the Family and the Judy Centers, this program trains parents to increase their use of effective parenting at home and leadership in their early childhood centers, community organizations and schools.