Teri Ann Cox and The Children's Center were recently honored by the Parent Information Center and New Hampshire Family Voices for Family Engagement Month.


PIC sponsored the 11th annual Family Engagement Recognition Ceremony on October 3, 2019, in Concord. Mary Lane, from the Department of Education and Elizabeth Collins, from the Department of Health and Human Services joined PIC and NH Family Voices to celebrate the efforts of parents, educators, physicians and community members from around the state for their efforts to engage families to support children’s education, health and well-being.

The Children's Center was recognized for our “outstanding contributions to promoting family engagement," for beginning implementation of the Pyramid Model. Liza Hewitt, a process coach from the iSocial Grant, nominated the center.

PIC received nominations statewide of individuals and teams that have displayed creativity, innovation, and/or commitment at the community, school, district, or state level in one or more of the NH Family-School-Community Partnership Standards (which are based on the PTA Standards):

Welcoming All Families
Communicating Effectively
Supporting Children’s Success
Speaking Up For Every Child
Sharing Decision-Making
Collaborating as a Community

Studies consistently show that when parents are more involved with their children’s education, those children will achieve more, make more friends, finish school, and be more likely to go on to college. A UNH study concluded that effective parent involvement was equal to adding $1,000 per student every year to a school’s budget.

“Parents are a child’s first and most influential teachers.” This statement is part of Governor Christopher Sununu’s proclamation making October Family Engagement Month in New Hampshire. This effort, sponsored by the Parent Information Center of NH (PIC, www.picnh.org) and NH Family Voices (www.nhfv.org) is designed to promote strong collaboration between parents, schools, health providers and communities.