Title I Parent Outreach Yields Promise of Student Achievement
Posted on 01/29/2018
Children attending KidsCamp activities during ParentCamp

Giving parents a helping hand in teaching their children what they need to learn is one aim of the Title I Office in Prince William County Public Schools. Title I teachers and staff recently held a ParentCamp to share activities to support learning at home, including how to read to your child, how to recognize teachable moments for talking, singing, and reading, and how to make reading and math fun. A KidsCamp provided activities for children. More than 100 families from elementary Title I schools attended.

“We know that the more parents are involved in their child’s learning, the higher the achievement levels,” said Laura Pumphrey, administrative coordinator for Title I. “Parents and families that are more informed and have new skills are better equipped to make the best choices for their families.”

Presenters included school administration and education professionals in collaboration with health care organizations and county agencies. Sessions were designed to help parents understand what school and community resources are available and how to access those resources. Topics included how the public library can help, healthy eating, cyberbullying, health insurance, getting ready for kindergarten, an overview of the Division’s English Learner Program and state testing, keeping children safe at home, tips for learning math, and an introduction to the Division’s Adult Education Program.

Title I is a federal grant program designed to give education assistance to students living in areas of high poverty. Title I funds are used to hire additional staff, prepare instructional materials, provide extended day learning opportunities, and provide professional development to support students identified as low achieving in reading and math. There are currently 27 Title I elementary schools and three Title I middle schools in PWCS.