Parent Information and Resource Center
The Region 5 Service Center has developed a new Title III Parent and Family Engagement Newsletter is attached (English and Spanish). As a requirement under ESSA, we are required to strengthen parent and family engagement. This edition of the newsletter includes articles about Visiting the public library and what parents and families can do to assist students at home.

Fall Region 5 Newsletter - English
Fall Region 5 Newsletter - Spanish

The Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) develop resource materials and provide information about high quality family involvement programs to families, schools,school districts, and others through conferences, workshops,and dissemination of materials. Projects generally include a focus on serving parents of low-income, minority, and limited English proficient (LEP) children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools.
PIRCS resource materials are located at:


As part of the Title I Statewide Initiative, Region 16 posts the Parental Involvement Connection newsletter  -- Home and School, Together We Can Make a Difference. This newsletter is designed for parents and educators of Texas and is available in English and Spanish.

Absences: A student is considered chronically absent if they miss only two days of school per month (18 days in a year), whether the absences are excused or unexcused. This is true for children as early as elementary school, when they are at a higher risk of falling behind in reading. Even one year of chronic absence can cause a child to fall behind academically and decrease a child’s chances of graduating from high school, which can have long-term consequences on their financial independence, physical well-being and mental health. For information on absences, go to: