Parents are the ultimate experts on their children but are rarely consulted about the education policies that impact their children’s lives. PAVE empowers DC parents to engage in the policymaking process and demand great schools for every child. 3,000+ trained parent leaders serve on Ward-based and city-wide Parent Leader in Education (PLE) Boards, meet with elected officials, mobilize other parents, and build targeted campaigns. PAVE equips them with information and resources and also partners directly with schools, state agencies, and policymakers to improve their family engagement practices. Since 2016, PAVE parents have identified mental health as a top priority four times. Their activism has resulted in budget increases of over $60 million, supporting social-emotional learning programs, trauma-informed care, and more — a huge win for DC families. Let's ensure that DC has excellent, safe, nurturing schools for all.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: Anacostia High School; Ballou Senior High School; Capital City PCS; Capital Village PCS; DC Prep PCS; Eliot-Hines Middle School; Girls Global Academy PCS; I Dream PCS, Ingenuity Prep PCS; Maya Angelou PCS – High School; Meridian PCS; Rocketship Public Schools; SEED PCS; Sela PCS; The Social Justice School; The Sojourner Truth School; Washington Latin PCS

Awards & Recognition



  • Analysis: Amid the Chaos of Coronavirus, Parent Power (and Parent Organizing) Have Never Been More Important. It's Time for Education Funders to Show Them the Money
    Tue Apr 28 2020, The 74  
    School closures, lost jobs and social distancing guidelines have left gaps in key services that parent organizing groups are now filling in.

Budget (FY2023)

  • The current budget for PAVE is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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