Parents Helping Parents of WY, Inc. houses two projects ready to serve Wyoming families:
The Parent Information Center (PIC), opened in August, 1991. The main goals and purposes of PIC are to help families better understand education issues as they relate to their child’s disability, and to provide support and encouragement to parents as they face their child’s journey through life.
The Parent Education Network’s (PEN) purpose as Wyoming’ State PIRC is to offer learning strategies to parents and technical assistance to schools and families to boost parental engagement, both of which ultimately increase student success.
Both organizations aim to provide information on education and support issues from birth through school age. We strongly believe that parents are their child’s first and most influential teacher. Therefore we offer many resources and strategies to assist parents across the state.
The early childhood portion of PEN utilizes the research based curriculum, Parents as Teachers (PAT) which is a parent education and family support program, serving families throughout pregnancy until kindergarten entry. This program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent engagement that is free and accessible to all families in six communities in Wyoming.
The school aged portion of PEN understands that all Wyoming schools are not cut with a cookie cutter, so why buy an out of the box program to address parent engagement? PEN provides technical assistance that is individualized and customized to the needs of the school, families and communities involved. We work with the dynamics of your school and its stakeholders by carefully evaluating where you are using our stages of parental engagement (awareness, exploration, commitment) to create a program that fits your needs, is based on your goals and provides you with the assistance that you need to be successful.
Ultimately both entities PIC and PEN work to service your needs and facilitate partnerships between schools and families – please contact us for more information and to see the regional sites located throughout the state at http://www.wpen.net or http://www.wpic.org