Those of you who have known the Travis Heights Parent Support Specialists over the years (PSS) know how amazing they are and all they do for the school and community. PSSs are currently funded 50% by the district and 50% by the city and the city funding is expiring this December.
The Austin Council of PTAs (ACPTA) is trying to get the word out that PSSs and the Prime Time after school program need our support now and all are encouraged to write City Council urging them to continue to fund them.
In the blue box below is a sample letter and farther down the page is information from the AISD website about PSSs and Prime Time.
Here is the link to reach all City Council members via their website:
Please send your own letter and encourage anyone you know at any of the schools listed below to send one too.
As a parent of an Austin ISD student and member of the Austin community I urge you to continue funding the district’s Parent Support Specialists (PSSs) and the Prime Time after-school program grant. PSSs are critical for parent support and development of parent leadership at the 61 Austin area campuses with a high number of vulnerable families. Many of our parent leaders are guided, supported, and mentored by their school PSSs and I see this as a critical link to continuing to grow the voice and leadership of ALL our parents for our schools and our communities.
The Prime Time program gives approximately 2000 students in over 20 campuses the ability to participate in high-quality after school programming that many of our families would not otherwise be able to access. Prime Time allows us to invest in and grow our next generation of Austinites in an equitable way.
Thank you for the hard work you do and for supporting both these programs in the past. I ask you to continue funding these two assets to our Austin community that have proven to be critical to the leadership and success of our families.
Parent Support Specialists
Austin ISD Parent Support Specialists are charged to identify, develop, and engage parents in their child’s education by:
- Providing Parent and Family Support
Organize and conduct parent training sessions to help parents navigate school systems and the District; organize meetings for parents to disseminate information and to gather input from them; and provide resources and referrals for academic, social service and other support.
- Conduct Communications and Outreach
Connect schools to parents via multicultural outreach efforts.
- Create Parent Leadership Opportunties/PTA
Identify, develop and engage parents in their child’s school(s) community and connect them to leadership role opportunities at the school and within the District such as: Parents & Family as Co-teachers, Parents & Family as Co-trainers, Parents & Family as Resources, Parents & Family as Decision Makers.
Schools with Parent Support Specialists
Parent Support Specialists are placed at Title I schools. That is, they work at schools with student populations from families determined to be of low-income.
Lucy Read PK
Bertha Salder Means
International High School
What is Prime Time?
(from: https://www.austinisd.org/primetime )
Prime Time is the largest free afterschool program in the city of Austin. Austin Prime Time is funded by a grant from the city of Austin and managed by AISD School Family and Community Education Department. Prime Time spans 25 elementary and middle school campuses throughout the Austin area.
To create a community culture that serves and develops visionary leaders through:
- Character Development
- College Readiness
- Health & Fitness
Abbreviated Class List
- Arts and Crafts
- Martial Arts
- Peer Mediation
- Film Making
Prime Time programs run up to five days a week on AISD campuses, between the hours of 3:00 – 6:00pm . If you are interested in enrolling your child in Prime Time, please contact the school office.
Schools interested in providing afterschool enrichment opportunities can apply for the Prime Time grant. All grant recipients must focus on enrichment opportunities and reach out to parents and the community at large.Send Your Letter Now
Thank you for working with us to keep these valuable resources in our school!