We value affordable, high quality child care for all, learning through play, strong partnerships between parents and teachers, and building a diverse community that nurtures the families, staff, and friends of PIC.

Parent Participation

Research shows that parent involvement in a child's education is one of the key indicators of success in school.

All families who enroll a child at PIC agree to make an investment of time in their child's learning experience and the work that we do. PIC’s uniquely participatory approach involves parents in most phases of the center’s work – from volunteering in the classroom to serving on the Board of Directors.

Parent Participation Program

The Parent Participation Program (PPP) has been a part of PIC since its very beginning. Initially parents performed any job that needed to be done to help the young organization afford to operate. Parents not only helped reduce the cost of running the Center, but many made life-long friends working on projects together.

Today, parents participate in a variety of activities at the Center: gardening, making small or large repairs, serving as a Room Parent, reading to children or teaching about a cultural event, cleaning, painting, writing grant proposals, serving on the Board or one of its committees, organizing a family social event, chaperoning a class trip … the possibilities are endless!

Requests for assistance are sent to all families as an email, announced in newsletters, or posted on bulletin boards, in classrooms and on the website. Parents are encouraged to talk to a teacher or administrator if they see a task that needs doing or have an idea for a special project. Everyone at PIC plays a role in keeping the program strong and running smoothly.

The Parent Participation Program (PPP) annual volunteer hour requirement

 Two-Parent HouseholdSingle-Parent Household
   EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM12 hours6 hours
After School Center5 hours3 hours
  • Families that choose not to participate pay $15 per hour to fulfill the annual requirement.
"PIC has been and will continue to be a great place for children and families to flourish. It has always been a place where the voices of those in our community can be heard. We invite you to lend your voice."
Debbie Green, PIC Executive Director
"PIC is a place that emphasizes the education of children in an environment that welcomes the input of parents."
PIC Parent, Parent Feedback Survey