Parent Engagement

Working To Educate And Engage Latino Parents

Our mission is to increase educational opportunities for Latino students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to close the Latino student achievement gap.  We are working to accomplish the latter with the Parent Education Academy (PEA).

The HFSV has partnered with the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) to prepare Latino parents to support their children to achieve greater educational success.  Both the HFSV and PIQE want to engage parents and family members to be leaders guiding their children towards high school and college graduation.  Obtaining both a high school diploma and college degree is the path to a fulfilling and fruitful career in the Silicon Valley job market.


  • 1. Educate Latino parents on the public school system, structure, and processes

  • 2. Train parents to serve as an advocate for the child's education

  • 3. Teach parents about the importance of a high school and college education

  • 4. Create a sense of investment in the child's education through personal engagement

  • 5. Foster a positive learning environment between the school, teacher, parent, and student

  • 6. Increase high school and college graduation rates for Latino students

Social Return On Investment:
Studies have shown that *"when parents complete a parent education program, 93% of their children graduate from high school” vs. 70% in all Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley includes San Mateo and Santa Clara counties).

*Vidano, Gonzalo and Massoud Sahafi.  Parent Institute for Quality Education Organization Special Report  on PIQE’s Performance Evaluation.  December 2004.  San Diego State University College of Business Administration Marketing Department. Web.  18 Mar 2014

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