Parent Institute for Quality Education Inc

Creating a College-Going Culture

aka PIQE   |   National City, CA   |  www.piqe.org

Mission

To provide families with the knowledge and skills to partner with schools and communities to ensure their children achieve their full potential.

Ruling year info

1992

President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Gloria Corral

Main address

22 West 35th Street, Suite 201

National City, CA 91950 USA

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EIN

33-0259359

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) knows firsthand, and research shows that children succeed when families, schools and communities work together. However, many schools struggle to engage parents. This is especially evident in low-income communities and those with a large population of immigrants and English Language Learners. In California, only about 44% of graduating high school seniors were considered prepared for college or postsecondary careers in 2018-19. Overall this percentage has improved, but there are significant achievement gaps in most disadvantaged students: 17% preparedness for English Learners and 36% for low-income students. The challenge is complex with reasons ranging from cultural and language barriers to parent's inconsistent work schedules to lack of know-how, fear and distrust. PIQE's theory of change addresses the needs of families, teachers and schools to break down barriers, foster collaboration and partnership to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

K-12 PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

PIQE’s signature program is the Parent Engagement in Education Program. True to the organization’s mission, the program educates parents on how to foster a positive educational environment for their children both at home and at school. PIQE’s programs engage, empower, and transform parents to actively engage in their children’s education and strengthen parent-school collaboration in order to improve the academic success of students. PIQE works in 36 of California’s 58 Counties. Below is the list of programs PIQE utilizes to advance its mission.

Throughout this nine-week workshop, PIQE’s signature program fulfills its goal of educating, empowering, and inspiring parents of K–12 school age children to take an active role in encouraging and enabling their children to: Stay in school; Improve their academic performance; Develop healthy and constructive relationships with their parents, teachers, and counselors; and, focus/prepare themselves for a post-secondary education.

The program, which lasts nine weeks, is free to parents. Parents who participate learn how to create a positive and lasting educational environment at home using a number of proven academic success tools: dedicating a home study location and time of day for homework; creating ongoing dialog with their kids’ surrounding their academic successes and challenges; discussing children’s college expectations; and more.

Creating a bridge between home and school is also emphasized. Parents learn about how grades are used for college admittance; what classes are important and needed for children planning to attend college; how to navigate the school system, and other information vital to academic success of their children.

Classes are taught in one of 16 different languages by professional PIQE facilitators, who are members of the communities they serve. The class series culminates in a parent group meeting with the school principal, followed by a PIQE graduation ceremony. Parent graduation is a celebration that is typically very powerful to parents who may not have a formal education, and an opportunity for children to see their parents as graduates themselves.

Since the program’s inception in 1987, more than 660,000 parents have graduated from PIQE’s programs.

Significant research studies show that PIQE increases children’s academic success.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

Families with children K-12 years of age are introduced to the importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and its impact on student’s success in school and life. The five domains of social-emotional health are explained along with implementation strategies to help support SEL at home.

Some of the tools and supports provided to families include:
Help children recognize and cope with their emotions
Strategies to help children practice self-confidence
Guiding responsible decision-making
and more!

Population(s) Served

The four-day program provides families resources and tools to support their children’s successful transition to college in the Fall. In partnership with Latino Education Advancement Fund, PIQE provides personalized engagement. Participants will gain ready-to-use strategies to support their students whether parents have or have not been to college themselves.

Topics include:

The social-emotional development and needs of a student as they transition to college life.
Focus on the financial aid package, student support services, and campus resources available to students.
Supporting students’ academic success through campus resources and navigating college experiences.
Focus on internship, work-study, and career opportunities for students while in college.
Discussion on life after college graduation.

Population(s) Served

Families play a vital role in raising awareness about the value of STEM as well as supporting their children’s engagement in STEM. PIQE is proud to offer parents interactive workshops to learn about STEM and how to cultivate their children’s interest in a STEM career.

Population(s) Served

Developed in partnership with the California Reading and Literature Project, the Family Literacy Program introduces the five elements of literacy equipping families with strategies to support literacy at home. Families are introduced to Dr. Shefelbine’s Literacy Framework of Skills with fun, interactive and purposeful reading strategies. Reading development is emphasized with a direct connection to students’ overall academic success.

Population(s) Served

PIQE developed the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program to help parents prepare their children for the Pre-K and Kindergarten classroom. The ECD Program teaches parents how to provide a stimulating environment at home, in an effort to positively influence their child’s early success in school. The ECD program also equips parents with knowledge of early childhood development. The program concludes with a visit from an elementary school principal, along with a parent graduation ceremony.

Topics in this nine-week program include:
brain development
health, nutrition and active living
positive discipline techniques
pre-reading skills and language development
early math and the importance of STEM
accessing social services within the school and local community.

Population(s) Served

The nine-week program actively engages parents in their community to promote civic participation. Parents connect with local community organizations and network with others who are passionate about social and community change. In addition, parents learn about historical social movements and are informed about the American democratic process, models of leadership, and elements of an effective strategy for change. Curriculum objectives include:

Identification of their role, individually and collectively, in relation to circles of power
Identification of various ways in which parents can participate in their community.
Understanding of how a united and organized community can become a powerful resource for decision-makers and the community at large.
Opportunity to join, participate or begin a local campaign.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families
Caregivers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families
Caregivers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families
Caregivers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families
Caregivers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families
Caregivers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families
Caregivers

Developed for school personnel – teachers, counselors, school administrators – highlighting effective family engagement practices.

Population(s) Served
Academics

Capacity building training for school personnel – teachers, counselors, school administrators – deepening understanding of implicit bias and addressing equity family engagement practices.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Academics

Where we work

Awards

Strengthening Family Award 2005

Annie E Casey

2010 Champion for College Opportunity 2010

The Campaign for College Opportunity

California Legislature Assembly Resolution 2007

The Honorable Fabian Nunez, Speaker of the California State Assembly & The Honorable Joe Coto, Assembly District 23

Affiliations & memberships

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate 1997

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of participants reporting change in behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

K-12 PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of parents who encouraged their child to pursue a college education "3 or more" times in the school year after participating in the program

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Low-income people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

K-12 PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

K-12 PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 - Covid hindered parents from completing all 9 weeks.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

K-12 PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of parents who self-reported increased skills/knowledge after educational program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

K-12 PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 - % during covid understand SAT or ACT 2019 - % of parents who understood the SAT or ACT College Admission Exams "Pretty Well" and "Very Well" after participating in the program

Percentage of parents who self-reported increased skills/knowledge after educational program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

K-12 PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 - % of parents know to navigate school system 2019 - % of parents who understood college required classes ("A-G" Requirements) "Pretty Well" and "Very Well" after participating in the program

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PIQE is dedicated to achieving economic and social equity by providing low-income families, immigrants and English Language Learners, with the tools and skills necessary to support their children's academic achievement and be prepared for postsecondary education. We are committed to continuing our focus to strengthen family engagement and improving educational equity as well as maintain its ultimate goal, to "Create a College-Going Culture" in communities where access to educational opportunities is limited.

To achieve our mission, our strategic approach is guided by our core values. We aim to give parents the tools and knowledge to effectively impact their children's education. By giving parents the power of knowledge, they can partner with the school to improve their children's future. We believe that student's success is everyone's job and parents and schools need to partner together to promote high performing schools and students. Respect for the family is part of the foundation of our work and we must honor and value parental participation and perspective.

PIQE partners with more than 200 schools throughout California each year that support our work in the form of contractual services. PIQE regional offices also have numerous individual partnerships locally with organizations such as the United Way, the County Offices of Education, other nonprofits who support families in the community and organizations that increase the impact of our work. For the past ten plus years, PIQE has also maintained a partnership with the federally funded "California Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs" (GEAR UP).

PIQE's staff is 90% Latino and female. PIQE's regional staff are representatives of rural and urban communities in California; some were born in this country, and others emigrated in their youth; most are bilingual, if not trilingual. They have college degrees, often more than once, either from this country or their home countries; their areas of expertise include early childhood education, K-12 education, law, sciences, business, medicine, dentistry as well as other areas of interest.

PIQE has provided its classes in sixteen different languages, some that are spoken but have no written alphabet. Facilitators who teach all PIQE courses are from the very communities they will be serving. They mirror the families that are served in the program, establishing a sense of shared values and culture from the very beginning of the process.

During the recruitment process, PIQE hires parent graduates to reach out to other parents, inviting them to attend the classes. These parents are best equipped to explain the value of the knowledge and skills they received and the impact it has had on their families. This parent-to-parent connection builds the first bridge between home and school.

PIQE is a national organization with evidence-based programs that engage, empower and transform parents to actively participate in their children's education and strengthen parent-school collaboration. PIQE provides empowering information, skills development and support systems for low-income families, communities of color, English Language Learners and immigrant families benefiting approximately 1.7 million children throughout its history. A longitudinal study shows that these children graduate high school and attend college at higher rates than their peers due to PIQE's success in empowering parents to be successful advocates for their children's education.

PIQE continues to grow statewide in 36 of California's 58 counties and nationally spanning 13 states.

We have been at the forefront of a family empowerment movement that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of families by helping them become agents of change on issues related to educational equity. For these families, PIQE has been and continues to be, the only way to access information about key policies that directly impact their children's access to equitable educational opportunities.

Our parent surveys indicate that at least:
a. 75% of parents will know how to navigate the school system and will identify the signs of academic progress in their child's schoolwork.
b. 70% of parents will initiate a parent-teacher or counselor conference to discuss their child's academic progress.
c. 80% of parents will understand their child's GPA.
d. 75% of parents will know the requirements needed for their child to go to college.
e. 80% of parents will encourage their children to pursue a college education.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Parent Institute for Quality Education Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Alberto Ochoa

San Diego State University

Term: 2015 - 2024

Kenji Ima

San Diego State University

Jose Padilla

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc - CRLA

Karen Zamarripa

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Jamillah Moore

Cañada College

Lenor Davila

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Elizabeth Sanchez-Monville

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Susan Santana

AT&T California

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability