Family-Education Organizations

Academy for Educational Development
Schools and Community Services
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-884-8400
Fax: 202-884-8200
Web Address:
About Academy for Educational Development/ Schools and Community Services:
AED addresses human development needs through education, communication and information in this country and throughout the world. AED's School and Community Services Department develops partnerships between schools, families and communities through research and technical assistance in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that foster such partnerships.

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
400 North Columbus Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-706-4600
Fax: 703-706-4663
Contact: Roxana Marissa Ayona
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS
About American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences:
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only national forum where K-12 teachers, university educators and corporate executives collaborate to improve the quality of individual and family life. We are 10,000 professionals who educate and influence generations of American consumers in our classrooms, our companies, and our communities.

American Association of School Administrators
Community Outreach
1801 North Moore Street
Arlington VA 22209
Voice: 703-875-0706
Fax: 703-807-1849
Web Address:
About American Association of School Administrators/ Community Outreach:
AASA is an organization of school system leaders which seeks to ensure quality education systems for all learners through the support and development of leadership.

American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001
Voice: 202-393-4272
Fax: 202-393-6371
Contact: Rosalind LaRocque
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Joan Baratz-Snwoden, Director Ed. Issues Dept
Co-Director or other staff: Rob Weil, Deputy Director, Ed. Issues
About American Federation of Teachers:
The AFT is a union of public and professional employees which serves the interests of its members as determined by democratic processes at the state, local and national levels. AFT empowers its members to participate in efforts to uphold high standards for their professions and the institutions in which they work; disseminates information on professional issues; provides training and development programs; and works with other organizations to address issues that affect all working Americans such as health care, employment opportunity and social justice.

Annenberg Institute for Social Reform
1640 Roxanna Road NW
Washington DC 20012
Voice: 202-882-1582
Fax: 202-882-2138
Contact: Anne T. Henderson, Senior Consultant, Community Involvement Program
Web Address:

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
1703 N Beauregard
Alexandria VA 22311
Voice: 703-575-5610
Fax: 703-575-5408
Contact: Barbara Gleason
Web Address:
About Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development:
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan education association committed to the mission of forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners. Founded in 1943, ASCD provides professional development in curriculum and supervision, initiates and supports activities to provide educational equity for all students, and serves as a world-class leader in education information services.

Center for Law and Education
1875 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 510
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-986-3000
Fax: 202-986-6648
Web Address:
Director: Paul Weckstein, Co-Director
Director E-Mail:
Co-Director or other staff: Larry Searcy, Program Manager
Co-Director or other staff E-Mail:
About Center for Law and Education:
CLE provides leadership in improving the quality of public education for low-income students and assist low-income communities in addressing their own public education problems effectively.

Center for Parent Leadership
at the Prichard Committee
PO Box 1658
Lexington KY 40588-1658
Voice: 859-233-9849, ext. 227
Fax: 859-233-0760
Contact: Molly Toney
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Bev Raimondo, Director
Director E-Mail:
About Center for Parent Leadership/ at the Prichard Committee:
For over 25 years the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has been the catalyst behind education reform in Kentucky. It created citizen demand for new policies, helped bring them about and supported the hard work necessary to implement change over time. Through its award winning Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, the Prichard Committee has trained an army of parents from all income levels and ethnic backgrounds who now understand the need for change in their local schools and have the leadership skills necessary to help educators make and sustain needed improvements. Over 1500 parents throughout Kentucky now share responsibility and take action for better schools. Now the Center for Parent Leadership at the Prichard Committee is making available, nationwide, the expertise we’ve gained over 13 years in our development of parent leaders.

Center for the Development of Schools and Communities
1201 Columbia Road NW
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-328-5412
Fax: 202-328-9411
Contact: Anne Bouie, Ph.D.
Contact E-mail:
Director: Anne Bouie, Ph.D.
About Center for the Development of Schools and Communities:
CDSC works in three interrelated areas. First, to improve student academic achievement; the focus is upon high expectations and effective practices. Second, CDSC helps schools establish and maintain mutually supportive working relationships with parents, extended family networks, and the immediate community. The third area is the design, implementation and evaluation of policy and programs to meet specific needs of classroom, sites and districts.

Communities in Schools, Inc.
2345 Crystal Drive
Suite 801
Arlington VA 22202
Voice: 1-800-CIS-4KIDS (543)
Fax: 703-518-4571
Contact: Robert Seidel
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Daniel J. Cardinali, President
Director E-Mail:
About Communities in Schools, Inc.:
Communities In Schools, Inc. is the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, with nearly 1.4 million young people annually receiving direct services through about 200 local and state affiliates in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Council for Exceptional Children
1110 North Glebe Road
Arlington VA 22201
Voice: 800-224-6830
Fax: 703-620-4334
Contact: Deb Ziegler, Associate Executive Director
Web Address:
About Council for Exceptional Children:
CEC improves educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, by setting professional standards, by providing continuing professional development, by advocating for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Council of Chief State School Officers
One Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20001-1431
Voice: 202-336-7000
Fax: 202-789-1792
Contact: Elizabeth Partoyan, Strategic Initiative Director, Next Generation Learners
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Elizabeth Partoyan, Strategic Initiative Director, Next Generation Learners
Director E-Mail:
Co-Director or other staff: Jonathan Marino, Program Associate
Co-Director or other staff E-Mail:
About Council of Chief State School Officers:
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nationwide nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead the departments responsible for elementary and secondary education in the United States, the U.S. extra-state jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. In representing the chief education officers, CCSSO works on behalf of the state agencies that serve pre-K–12 students throughout the nation.

Council of the Great City Schools
1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 702
Washington DC 20004
Voice: 202-393-2427
Fax: 202-393-2400
Web Address:
About Council of the Great City Schools:
The Council promotes the cause of urban schools and advocates for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations. Provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge.

Devereux Foundation
Devereux Early Childhood Initiative
444 Devereux Drive
Villanova PA 19085
Voice: 610-542-3109
Fax: 610-542-4468
Contact: Susan Damico, Director of Operations for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Linda K. Likins, National Director
About Devereux Foundation/ Devereux Early Childhood Initiative:
The Devereux Foundation has launched the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI). The DECI has the mission of promoting resilience and social/emotional growth in young children. This preventative initiative is designed to create partnerships between early childhood and mental health professionals, along with parents, to help children succeed in school and in life.

District Community Voices Organized and Informed for Change in Education (DC Voice)
P.O. Box 73055
Washington DC 20056
Voice: 202-986-8535
Fax: 202-238-0109
Contact: Erika Landberg, Senior Associate for Community Engagement
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Carmella Mazzotta, Executive Director
About District Community Voices Organized and Informed for Change in Education (DC Voice):
DC VOICE is a collaborative of education activists committed to ensuring every child in Washington, DC a high quality public education. We believe that the key to achieving this is an engaged and informed public that both supports public education and holds schools and the city accountabile for the education of our youth. DC VOICE is a Local Education Fund and part of the Public Education Network (PEN), the nation's largest network of independent, community-based school-reform organizations. DC VOICE is supported by the Ford Foundation Collaborating for Educational Reform Initiative, and the Annenberg Foundation through the Public Education Teacher Quality Initiative.

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School
3220 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20010
Voice: 202-265-7237
Fax: 202-265-4656
Contact: Linda R. Moore, Executive Director
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Linda R. Moore, Executive Director
Director E-Mail:
Co-Director or other staff: Cheryl Jones, Parent Coordinator
About Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School:
Established in 1998, the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, prepares 250 culturally diverse elementary school students in the District of Columbia to be leaders, scholars and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice. We teach children to think, speak, read, write and learn in two languages: English and French or English or Spanish. With a dual focus on academic excellence and community service, the Stokes School accomplishes its mission by creating an environment of achievement, respect and non-violence. The Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School actively welcomes the involvement and support of parents in all aspects of the school’s policies and operations. Parents who choose the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School for their children, commit themselves to active involvement in their children’s education and to helping fulfill the mission of the school.

Embrace Diverse Schools
6807 Bluecurl Circle
Springfield VA 22152
Voice: 703-644-3039
Contact: Eileen Kugler
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
About Embrace Diverse Schools:
Works with schools & communities to build partnerships with parents of diverse backgrounds. Tailored strategies help educators connect with all families, value their unique strengths, and empower them become informed allies in their child's success.

Family Friendly Schools
411 N. Main Street
Galax VA 24333
Voice: 800-890-7794
Fax: 276-236-9979
Contact: Sam Bartlett, CEO
Web Address:
Director: Sam Bartlett, CEO
About Family Friendly Schools:
Family Friendly Schools is an organization dedicated to helping all schools provide explicit interventions to engage families to promote positive learning outcomes for all children. Family Friendly Schools was founded in 1999 by Dr. Steven Constantino. As an educator, author, consultant, parent, and the nation’s leading practitioner in the field of family engagement in education, Dr. Steve Constantino provides keynote and concurrent session appearances at regional and national conferences. He also works closely with schools and districts across the United States to implement programs that lead to the engagement of families in the educational lives of children as a conduit to improved student achievement. Dr. Constantino founded Family Friendly Schools to provide not only awareness regarding the importance of family engagement, but also explicit processes that provide strategic interventions to help all schools and school districts improve not only the culture of their educational organizations, but most importantly to help all student learn. With the research-based Comprehensive Evaluation for Family Engagement© and the Family Friendly Engage! All Families Institute and Seminar processes, all schools and districts can benefit from the power of families that are truly engaged with their children’s education.

First Day Foundation
210 Main Street
PO Box 10
Bennington VT 05201
Voice: 802-753-3005
Fax: 802-753-3009
Contact: Evie Herrmann, Executive Director
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Evie Herrmann, Executive Director
Director E-Mail:
Co-Director or other staff: Denise Goodwin, Operations Manager
About First Day Foundation:
The First Day Foundation seeks to increase and enhance family and community involvement in education. We do this by promoting and supporting grassroots type family involvement programs at the local communiuty level, anchored by a school-based celebration of education on the First Day of each new school year.

George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education
1730 N. Lynn Street
Suite 401
Arlington VA 22209-2004
Voice: 703-528-3588, 800-925-3223
Fax: 703-528-5973
Contact: Janet Brown
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Charlene Rivera, Executive Director
Co-Director or other staff: Kristina Anstrom, Assistant Director
About George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education:
The mission of The George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education (CEEE) is to advance education reform so that all students achieve high standards. CEEE provides evidence-based technical assistance and professional development and conducts research and evaluation studies for state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and various offices of the U.S. Office of Education to facilitate education reform and school improvement initiatives. CEEE was established in October 1991 and chartered by The George Washington University (GW) in January 1994. The Center operates under the umbrella of GW's Institute for Education Policy Studies (IEPS) within GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) and has access to a number of high quality GW Resources. The CEEE team of technical assistance providers, researchers, and other specialists have the knowledge, skills, and ability to help educators in states, districts, and schools use research to inform practice. The CEEE team works in partnership with a broad range of state and local administrators and practitioners committed to improving high poverty, low performing schools. The CEEE team possesses the national policy perspective needed to support school improvement strategies responsive to federal education priorities.

Harvard Family Research Project
Longfellow Hall, Appian Way
Cambridge MA 02138
Voice: 617-495-9108
Fax: 617-495-8594
Contact: Margaret Caspe
Web Address:
About Harvard Family Research Project:
Founded in 1983 by Dr. Heather Weiss, the Harvard Family Research Project conducts research about programs and policies that serve children and families throughout the United States. Publishing and disseminating its research widely, HFRP plays a vital role in examining and encouraging programs and policies that enable families and communities to help children reach their potential.
151 West 30th Street
5th floor
New York NY 10003
Voice: 212-947-9779
Fax: 212-947-9790
Contact: Deborah Apsel
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Clara Hemphill, Director
About is an independent, non-profit website that offers information about public schools in New York City. The site helps parents navigate the ins and outs of the school system, and provides statistics, profiles, and reader comments on schools in all five boroughs.

KSA-Plus Communications
2300 Clarendon Blvd.
Ste. 600
Arlington VA 22201
Voice: 703-528-7100 ext. 114
Fax: 703-528-9692
Contact: Adam Kernan-Schloss, President and CEO
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Adam Kernan-Schloss, President and CEO
Director E-Mail:
About KSA-Plus Communications:
KSA-Plus Communications is based in the Washington, DC, area with offices around the country. It is the nation's leading firm in communicating the complexities of education reform in clear language and powerful images and in helping education and community leaders build the public support necessary for high-achieving schools. As part of its more comprehensive communications and community relations practice, KSA-Plus has extensive national experience working with parents, parent groups and those who work with parents. KSA-Plus provides a wide range of customized consulting and technical assistance to help school districts and community organizations develop parent leadership programs and strengthen parent involvement. KSA-Plus can help a community evaluate the effectiveness of its current parent involvement strategies, help strengthen those strategies, conduct workshops to build the expertise of parents and practitioners alike, and develop parent-friendly materials that are customized to the community.

MegaSkills Education Center of the Home and School Institute
1500 Massachusetts Ave NW
Special Projects Office/Ste. 042
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-466-3633
Fax: 202-833-1400
Contact: Dorothy Rich, President
Web Address:
About MegaSkills Education Center of the Home and School Institute:
The major focus of the nonprofit Home and School Institute (HSI) and its MegaSkills Education Center is to enable schools to help teachers and families build children's achievement in school and beyond. Since 1972, HSI works with school districts, federal, state and local governments with MegaSkills Programs in over 4000 schools. Family literacy and the needs of at-risk students are fundamental Institute concerns. The key for all Institute work is combining academics and character development so that simultaneously children learn well and want to continue learning.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
1717 K Street NW
Suite 311
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 202-293-2828
Fax: 202-293-2849
Web Address:
About Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund:
MALDEF protects and promotes the civil rights of the 29 million Latinos living in the U.S. MALDEF secures such rights in the areas of employment, education, immigration, political access, and language. Engages in advocacy, participates in community coalitions, trains parents and community members for leadership positions, awards scholarships and litigates when necessary.

National Alliance of Black School Educators
310 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington DC 20003
Voice: 202-608-6310
Fax: 202-608-6319
Web Address:
Director: Quentin Lawson, Director
About National Alliance of Black School Educators:
National Alliance of Black School Educators is dedicated to improving the educational accomplishments of African American youth through the development and deployment of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement. The organization seeks to promote and facilitate the education of all students, especially those of African descent; establish a coalition of African American educators and others directly and indirectly involved in the educational process; create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve opportunities for people of African descent; identify and develop African American professionals who will assume leadership positions in education; and Influence public policy concerning the education of African Americans.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
1509 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 800-424-2460
Fax: 202-328-1846
Contact: Davida McDonald, Policy Coordinator
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Dr. Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D, Executive Director
About National Association for the Education of Young Children:
For more than 75 years the National Association for the Education of Young Children has been leading efforts to promote high-quality early learning for all children from birth to age eight. NAEYC is the world's largest early childhood education association, with more than 100,000 members and a network of nearly 450 local, state, and regional Affiliates. High-quality early education in child care, schools, and after-school programs lays the foundation for school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement.

National Association of Elementary School Principals
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-684-3345
Fax: 703-548-6021
Contact: Raven Padgett, Director of Communications and Public Information
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Gail Connelly
Co-Director or other staff: Barbara Wilmer, Coordinator of Public Information Projects
About National Association of Elementary School Principals:
NAESP serves the professional needs of 29,500 K-8 principals through a network of state associations across the country and overseas. It promotes educational excellence for K-8 schooling, brings attention to the importance of the school principal, and fosters high standards and creative leadership among school leaders.

National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway
Suite 402
Bethesda MD 20814
Voice: 301-657-0270
Fax: 301-657-0275
Web Address:
About National Association of School Psychologists:
NASP represents over 23,000 school psychologists and related professionals throughout the U.S. and overseas. It serves its members by advancing the profession of school psychology and promoting the rights, welfare, education and mental health of all children in order to help them achieve success in and out of school.

National Association of Secondary School Principals
1904 Association Drive
Reston VA 22090
Voice: 703-860-0200
Fax: 703-476-5362
Contact: Josephine Franklin
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
About National Association of Secondary School Principals:
NASSP promotes and conducts cooperative activities that advance the effectiveness of middle level and high school administrators and supports their pursuit of quality education for youth; and advocates the continuing improvement of the conditions under which students learn and grow to adulthood.

National Association of State Boards of Education
NASBE Policy Clearinghouse
2121 Crystal Drive Suite #350
Arlington VA 22202
Voice: 703.684.4000
Fax: 703.836.2313
Web Address:
Director: Dr. Carla L. Claycomb, Director
Director E-Mail:
About National Association of State Boards of Education/ NASBE Policy Clearinghouse:
NASBE strengthens state leadership in education policymaking; promotes excellence in the education of all students; advocates quality of access to educational opportunity; and assures responsible lay governance of public education.

National Center for Education and the Economy
700 11th Street NW
Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
Voice: 202-783-3668
Fax: 202-783-3672
Web Address:
About National Center for Education and the Economy:
The National Center provides assistance to states and districts committed to a comprehensive and systemic approach to standards-based education reform. It is committed to making the changes necessary to enable all but the most severely disabled students to meet a standard of accomplishment that is set as high as those the best-performing countries expect of their students.

National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
211 East Seventh Street
Austin TX 78701
Voice: 800-476-6861
Fax: 512-476-2286
Contact: Lucy Wood
Web Address:
About National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory:
The National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools, created by the United States Department of Education in December 2000, creates bridges between research and practice by linking people with research-based information and resources that they can use to effectively connect schools, families, and communities. The Center gathers the latest information, including research, theory, programs, policies, and practices from the field, then shares that information through publications, conferences, and interactive web-based tools and electronic networking. The Center also connects the Regional Education Laboratories across the United States to share information and best practices related to family and community connections.

National Center for Family Literacy
325 West Main Street
Suite 300
Louisville KY 40202
Voice: 502-584-1133 x134
Fax: 502-584-0172
Contact: Brenda W. Logan, Director School Reform Initiatives
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Sharon Darling, Founder and President
About National Center for Family Literacy:
The mission of the National Center for Family Literacy is to create educational and economic opportunities for the most at-risk children and their parents. NCFL advances and supports family literacy services for thousands of families across the United States through programming, training, advocacy, and dissemination of information about family literacy.

National Community Education Association
3929 Old Lee Highway
Suite 91-A
Fairfax VA 22030
Voice: 703-359-8973
Fax: 703-359-0972
Contact: Beth Robertson
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Beth Robertson
Director E-Mail:
About National Community Education Association:
The National Community Education Association (NCEA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership association founded in Flint, Michigan, in 1966, as the National Community School Education Association. In 1978 the Association's name was changed to the National Community Education Association and its national office was moved to the Washington, DC area. NCEA is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors; twelve are elected by the membership and two are appointed by the Board. NCEA's mission is to provide leadership to those who build learning communities in response to individual and community needs. It does this by providing its members with national and regional training conferences and workshops; specialized periodicals, publications, and products; opportunities for peer support and networking; and information and referral services. In addition it acts as an advocate for community education by working with related organizations and promoting at the national, state, and local levels: parent and community involvement in public education; the formation of community partnerships to address community needs; and the expansion of lifelong learning opportunities for all community residents.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 800-695-0285, 202-884-8200
TTY: (800) 695-0285; (202) 884-8200
Fax: 202-884-8441
Contact: Information Specialist
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Stephen Luke
Director E-Mail:
About National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY):
NICHCY is a central source of information on: * disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, * IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, * No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities).

National Dropout Prevention Center
Clemson University
209 Martin Street
Clemson University
Clemson SC 29631-1555
Voice: 864-656-2599
Fax: 864-656-0136
Contact: Marty Duckenfield
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Dr. Jay Smink
Director E-Mail:
Co-Director or other staff: Dr. Sam Drew
Co-Director or other staff E-Mail:
About National Dropout Prevention Center/ Clemson University:
The mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is to increase high school graduation rates through research and evidenced-based solutions.

National Education Association's Read Across America
National Education Association
1201 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 202-822-7289
Fax: 202-822-7292
Contact: Anita Merina
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director E-Mail:
About National Education Association's Read Across America/ National Education Association:
The National Education Association's Read Across America program is building a nation of readers through grants, events, and resources for educators, parents, students, librarians. We have a Facebook Cause and Fan page too.

National Educational Service
304 West Kirkwood Ave
Suite 2
Bloomington IN 47408
Voice: 800-733-6786
Fax: 812-336-7790
Web Address:
About National Educational Service:
The National Educational Service (NES) was founded in 1987 to help educators and others who work with youth create safe and caring schools, agencies, and communities where all children succeed. The NES works to achieve this mission by providing tested and proven resources, such as books, video training series, conferences, and professional development opportunities. NES is the publisher of such classics in the field as Building Successful Partnerships by the National PTA, Parents Assuring Student Success by John Ban, and the PASSport training program by Vickie Burt.

National Head Start Association
1651 Prince St
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-739-0875
Fax: 703-739-0878
Web Address:
About National Head Start Association:
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a private not-for profit membership organization representing more than 900,000 children, 190,000 staff and 2,500 Head Start programs in America. It is governed by a 49-member Board of Directors composed of a director, staff, parent and friend representative from each of the twelve federal regions and the immediate past president. NHSA provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for children prenatal through age five and their families. It is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of the Head Start community.

National Middle School Association
4151 Executive Parkway
Suite 300
Westerville OH 43081
Voice: 800-528-NMSA
Fax: 614-895-4750
Contact: Betty Edwards, Executive Director
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Jeff Ward, Associate Executive Director
Co-Director or other staff: Jack Berckemeyer, Assistant Executive Director
About National Middle School Association:
Since its inception in 1973, National Middle School Association (NMSA) has been a voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. NMSA is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education. With over 30,000 members representing principals, teachers, central office personnel, professors, college students, parents, community leaders, and educational consultants across the United States, Canada, and 46 other countries, NMSA welcomes and provides support to anyone interested in the health and education of young adolescents. In addition, NMSA has a network of 58 affiliate organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia that strengthens our outreach to the regional, state, provincial, and local levels.

National Network of Partnership Schools
Johns Hopkins University
3505 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218
Voice: 410-516-8807
Fax: 410-516-8890
Contact: Joyce Epstein
Web Address:
About National Network of Partnership Schools:
The Center conducts and disseminates research, development, and policy analyses that produce new and useful knowledge and practices to help families, educators, and members of communities to improve schools, strengthen families and enhance student learning and development. The Center has established the National Network of Partnership-2000 Schools which brings together schools, districts, and states that are committed to developing and maintaining strong programs of school-family-community partnerships.

National Parent Teacher Association
1400 L St NW
Suite 300
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-289-6790
Fax: 202-289-6791
Contact: Sheri Johnson, Director of Programs
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Kimberly Barnes-O'Connor
About National Parent Teacher Association:
The Mission of the PTA:

  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children;
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children;
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

National School Boards Association
1680 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-838-6722
Fax: 703-683-7590
Contact: Aaron Dorsey, Project Manager
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Anne L. Bryant
Director E-Mail:
About National School Boards Association:
NSBA is a not-for-profit federation of state associations of school boards across the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership. Founded in 1940, NSBA represents 95,000 local school board members who govern 14,890 local school districts serving the nation's more than 47 million public school students.

National Urban League
120 Wall Street
New York NY 10005
Voice: 212-558-5300
Fax: 212-344-5332
Contact: Deirdre Jackson
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Marc H. Morial, President & CEO
Co-Director or other staff: Velma L. Cobb, Vice President, Education & Youth
About National Urban League:
The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. The Urban League movement was founded in 1910. The National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads our nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based movement. The heart of the Urban League movement is our professionally staffed Urban League affiliates in more than 100 cities in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

Parent Institute
P.O. Box 7474
Fairfax Station VA 22039-7474
Voice: 800-756-5525
Fax: 800-216-3667
Contact: Peggy Costello
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: John H. Wherry, President
About Parent Institute:
The Parent Institute is a division of NIS, Inc., an independent, private corporation founded in 1989 by educators with extensive experience working with public and private schools in the U.S. and Canada. The corporation has two operating subdivisions: The Parent Institute and The Teacher Institute. The mission of The Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children. The Parent Institute publishes a variety of researched-based materials educators can purchase for parents to help them help their children in school including newsletters, booklets, brochures, audio booklets, videos, and web content.

Parental Involvement Exchange (PIE)
140 Hepburn Rd. Suite 8-0
Clifton NJ 07012
Voice: 973-801-9289
Contact: Anthony D. White Sr.
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Anthony D. White Sr.
Director E-Mail:
About Parental Involvement Exchange (PIE):
The Parental Involvement Exchange (PIE) is an organization focused on the delivery of useful resources for parents, parent organizations, school district personnel, school board members, business and/or community partners that serve as a catalyst to ensure that children who attend America's schools receive quality education, supported by well-informed decisions based on data (fact, not guesswork), and meaningful parental involvement.

Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.
2228 Ball Drive
St Louis MO 63146
Voice: 314-432-4330
Fax: 314-432-8963
Web Address:
Director: Susan S. Stepleton, President
About Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.:
Parents as Teachers is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families.

Parents for Public Schools
200 N. Congress Street
Suite 500
Jackson MS 39202
Voice: 601-969-6936
Fax: 601-969-6041
Contact: Anne Foster
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Anne Foster
Director E-Mail:
About Parents for Public Schools:
Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is a national organization of community-based chapters working with public school parents and other supporters to improve and strengthen local public schools. We believe that quality public education is vital to our democracy and to America’s future.

9711 San Gabriel Avenue
South Gate CA 90280
Voice: 323-564-6545
Fax: 323-564-8541
Contact: Mary Johnson / Founder
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Mary Johnson / CEO
Co-Director or other staff: Valerie Munoz / Vice President
About Parent-U-Turn:
Parent-U-Turn is non-profit organization that has assisted first generation, linguistically-diverse, and low income immigrant families to better navigate schools and work forward higher education. parent-U-Turn has trained hundreds of parents about school structure, policies, special education,GATE programs, language classification, and most recently, William case. As critical researchers, Parent-U-Turn has developed research tools to empower parents through our work within the UCLA Institues for Democracy, Education, and Acess (IDEA). Parent-U-Turn have helps parents measure and evalute the condition of the education their children receive.

Pre-K Now
1025 F Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington DC 20004
Voice: 202-862-9868
Fax: 202-862-9870
Contact: Allison de la Torre
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Libby Doggett
Director E-Mail:
About Pre-K Now:

Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds. Supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and other funders and a project of the Institute for Educational Leadership, Pre-K Now:

  • provides targeted financial and technical assistance to state advocates and other leaders working to secure policy changes and public funds that will improve the availability and quality of state-funded pre-k programs;
  • educates policymakers about the need for pre-k; and
  • raises public awareness about the need for pre-k for all children.

Pre-K Now is a trusted resource for policy information and a strong partner for pre-k advocacy.

Prince George's County Public schools
Department of School Development
9880 Good Luck Road
Room 1
Lanham MD 20706
Voice: 301-552-4294
Fax: 301-552-4293
Contact: Beverly Holley
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Sheila Jackson
Director E-Mail:
About Prince George's County Public schools/ Department of School Development:
The mission of the Department of School Development is to assure that schools faithfully replicate the Comer School Development Program, a model of comprehensive school reform that focuses on providing structures and processes to help all students acquire knowledge and develop skills and understandings to enable them to become productive citizens and life-long learners. This mission is best accomplished through ensuring that all adult stakeholders in a school community(educators, parents, and community partners) work together using collaboration, consensus, and a no-fault approach to data utilization for addressing programmatic concerns towards improved academic achievement and psychosocial development for all students.

Project for School Innovation
197A Center St.
Dorchester MA 02124
Voice: 617-825-0703
Fax: 617-474-1103
Web Address:
Director: Michael Rothman, Director
About Project for School Innovation:
The Project for School Innovation (PSI) is a community of professional public school educators, working together to share their successes and drive school change. PSI works with public school educators to develop how-to books and teacher-led professional development on effective practices from their schools.

Public Advocacy for Kids
7471 Fountain Head Drive
Annandale VA 22003
Voice: 202-628-7460
Fax: 202-628-1893
Director: Arnold Fege, President
About Public Advocacy for Kids:
Public Advocacy for Kids is a non-profit consulting firm devoted to strengthening grassroots organization skills, building message development, and public advocacy on behalf of children, youth and public education.

Public Education Network
601 Thirteenth Street, NW
Suite 900 North
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-628-7460
Fax: 202-628-1893
Contact: Arnold Fege
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Wendy D. Puriefoy, President
Co-Director or other staff: Howie Schaffer, Public Outreach Manager
About Public Education Network:
Public Education Network's mission is to build public demand and mobilize resources for quality public education for all children through a national constituency of local education funds and individuals.

Quality Education for Minorities Network
1818 N Street NW
Suite 350
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 202-659-1818
Fax: 202-659-5408
Web Address:
Director: Shirley McBay, President
About Quality Education for Minorities Network:
The QEM Network is a focal point for the implementation of strategies to help realize the vision and goals set forth in the QEM Project's report — Education That Works: An Action Plan for the Education of Minorities. QEM seeks to help unite and strengthen educational restructuring efforts to the benefits of minority children, youth, and adults, while advancing minority participation and leadership in the national debate on how best to ensure access to a quality education for all citizens.

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. ®
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 400
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-287-3220, 877-RIF-READ
Fax: 202-287-3196
Contact: Corrie Fisher, Senior Program Specialist
Web Address:
About Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. ®:
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF®) develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly. Through a national network of teachers, parents, and community volunteers, RIF programs provide books and other essential literacy resources to children, at no cost to them or their families. RIF focuses highest priority on the nation's neediest children, from birth to age 11.

Reading Rockets
2775 S. Quincy St.
Arlington VA 22206
Voice: 703-998-2474
Fax: 703-998-2060
Contact: Susan Petroff, Partner Relations Director
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
About Reading Rockets/ WETA:
Reading Rockets is the dynamic national reading initiative that looks at how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how we can help them. It provides research-based tools and strategies to educators, parents, and anyone who cares about children. It includes web sites, television programs, a new first year teacher mentoring program, teleconferences, print guides and other research-based resources.

RMC Research
1815 N. Ft. Myer Drive
Suite 800
Arlington VA 22209
Voice: 703-558-4800
Fax: 703-558-4823
Contact: Bob Witherspoon
Web Address:
About RMC Research:
RMC is dedicated to educational research, evaluation and technical assistance that provides support to local, state and national educators in the formation of policy and the improvement of programs. It offers a range of services which assist state and local educational agencies in developing new perspectives on issues of program quality and effectiveness.

School Family Media, Inc.
100 Stonewall Blvd
Suite 3
Wrentham MA 02093
Voice: 800-644-3561
Contact: Tim Sullivan
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Tim Sullivan
Director E-Mail:
About School Family Media, Inc.:
School Family Media, Inc. provides a comprehensive set of tools and resources for both school PTOs and PTAs (PTO Today magazine,, and more) and for school parents ( SFM believes that parent involvement is an essential aspect of a successful school and that PTO and PTA leaders are the key troops in the battle to make schools more welcoming communities to all. All of our efforts are focused on building involved, engaged, resource-rich communities around our schools,

South Carolina School Improvement Council
College of Education, Wardlaw Suite 001
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208
Voice: 800-868-2232
Fax: 803-777-0023
Contact: Cassie Barber, Executive Director
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Cassie Barber
Director E-Mail:
About South Carolina School Improvement Council:
The mission of South Carolina School Improvement Council (SC-SIC)is to promote and support civic engagement for quality public education statewide. South Carolina is fortunate to possess a legislatively mandated infrastructure for parent and community involvement in public education through it's more than 1,100 local School Improvement Councils - one in every public school. SC-SIC assists the more than 15,000 local SIC members by providing training and technical support and empowering the public to be effective advocates for their schools. Located in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, SC-SIC partners with higher education, P-12 education organizations, non-profits, government agencies, and individuals who work to support public education.

Study Circles Resource Center
A Project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation
697 Pomfret Street
PO Box 203
Pomfret CT 06258
Voice: 860-928-2616
Fax: 860-928-3713
Contact: vL. (Sally) Campbell, Senior Program Director
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:

Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
at PACER Center
8161 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis MN 55437
Voice: 952-838-9000
TTY: 952-838-0190
Fax: 952-838-0199
Contact: Sue Folger, Co-Director
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Paula F. Goldberg, Executive Director
Co-Director or other staff: Sharman Davis Barrett, Co-Director
About Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers/ at PACER Center:
The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and consists of 1 national center and 6 regional centers. The project is funded to strengthen the connections to the larger technical assistance network and fortify partnerships between parent centers and state education systems at regional and national levels. Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with children. This assistance helps parents to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities. The Parent Centers work to improve educational outcomes for children and youth with all disabilities (emotional, learning, mental, and physical).

Tellin' Stories Project of Teaching for Change
PO Box 73038
Washington DC 20056-3038
Voice: 202-588-7204
Contact: America Calderon, Jill Weiler
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
Director: Deborah Menkart
Director E-Mail:
About Tellin' Stories Project of Teaching for Change:
Tellin' Stories builds multi-racial parent power in schools by developing meaningful relationships among families, between families and their schools and supporting collective action to transform schools. Our emphasis on community building creates the necessary foundation for parent advocacy and organizing for school reform.

The National High School Alliance
4455 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 310
Washington DC 20008
Voice: 202-822-8405
Fax: 202-872-4050
Contact: Sara Goldware, Program Assistant
Contact E-mail:
Web Address:
About The National High School Alliance:
The National High School Alliance (HS Alliance) is a partnership of over forty organizations representing a diverse cross-section of perspectives and approaches, but sharing a common commitment to promoting the excellence, equity, and development of high school-age youth.





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