History of Our Organization
The seeds of ParentInvolvementMatters.Org began in 1996 at The Overlake School, a private, independent school in Redmond, Washington. Two eighth-grade parents, Sue Grijalva and Marilyn Price-Mitchell, worked with other parents and educators to create a face-to-face forum where parents could discuss their child rearing strategies and experiences, personal fears, and solutions in a safe, supportive environment with the aid and coaching expertise of a school counselor or faculty liaison.
The success of what would soon be called "ParentNet" quickly spread to other schools in the Northwest and across the country and in 2000 the non-profit National ParentNet Association was created to assist participating schools. During its development phase through 2006, ParentNet greatly involved its 30 member schools, both private and public, in developing and refining the program to better meet the needs of a variety of school environments. A project in low-income public schools, sponsored by the Discuren Foundation of Seattle, led to additional ways of involving public schools who struggle with low parent involvement and lack of parent leadership. Funded by the Johnson Family Foundation of Tampa, Florida and numerous individual donors and schools, by the end of 2006, ParentNet had served more than 8,000 families and trained more than 2,000 parent volunteer leaders.
Rather than growing our organization to become a provider of training and consulting services to schools, we decided to stay small and think big! Since ParentNet was created and developed by volunteers, we firmly believe that it should be made available to any school wanting to enrich their parent-school community through collaborative communication efforts. We also want to encourage others to build on the work we have accomplished by adapting ParentNet to meet their needs or by sharing other programs and resources that help build the types of communities that help kids succeed.
Using technology, a volunteer staff and charitable contributions, we launched ParentInvolvementMatters.Org in 2007 to educate, inspire, and share innovative ways to build a better future for our children. We invite you to become involved!