Parent Community Networking Centers (PCNC Program)  

To develop a sense of community and a caring, learning network to strengthen family, neighborhood, school, and classroom for every student's well-being and attainment of standards.


The PCNC, with partners, will focus on family support and will work to implement the six BOE Parent/Family Policy #2403 components below:


Communicating - Communication between home and school is regular, two way, and meaningful.

Parenting - Responsible parenting is promoted and supported.

Student Learning - Parents and families play an integral role in assisting student learning, including successful achievement of the Common Core State Standards and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards.

Volunteering - Parents and families are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought.

School Decision Making - Parents and families are partners in the decisions that affect children and families.

Collaborating with the Community - Community resources are made available to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning.


The Parent-Community Networking Centers (PCNC) serve to create supportive partnerships among the home, the school, and the community for the purposes of supporting student success, and building a sense of family and community. The PCNC are school-based center for families, volunteers, and community to identify their strengths, collaborate, make decisions, and create partnerships as a part of the Comprehensive Student Support System. The parent and family engagement program and goals of the PCNC are embedded in the school’s Standards Implementation Design action plans, and serve, through a network of relationships among partners, to ultimately support parents, families and their children's success in school.


Standards for Parents and Families as Partners in Learning
Parents and families are critical to their children's well-being and success. Reflecting upon their own experiences, 2,700 parents representing urban and rural areas and all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds in Hawaii gathered and participated in 108 standards-generating sessions throughout the state.

Hawaii's parents and families generated the following standards and practices for parents in helping their children learn. While the standards guide parents in supporting their children's learning, they also guide the school and community in providing the information, support, and engagement opportunities that parents and families desire. (Click here for the full document)


A parent and family partner in learning:

  • Attends to the child's physical, emotional, social, and behavioral development.
  • Develops the family as the child's first teacher.
  • Prepares the child to achieve the Common Core State Standards and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III at school.
  • Provides home support for the child to meet the Common Core State Standards and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III.
  • Supports the child's school and teachers.
  • Is a life-long learner and teacher.

School Appraisal of Family School Partnership (SY 2012-13) - This instrument is designed to assess how your school is partnering with parents and families in supporting student success toward the goal of college and career readiness. Your school's appraisal and reflective questions should add to your knowledge about parent, family, student, community, and staff involvement within your school. Use this tool, with participation from teachers, parents, students, staff, community members and others as appropriate. Each group has a different knoweldge and perspective of present family partnership practicdes, strengths, and needs of your school and measures how well they are doing in meeting and exceeding the Common Core State Standards and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards.

Download the 2012-13 School Year electronic template in PDF format here.


PCNC eCSSS Database-- Click here to access and enter into the eCSSS Database!

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For more information on PCNC or any of the information above, contact your District PCNC Facilitator or the State Office.