On October 27, 1978, a number of parents serving as the Executive Committee of the Head Start Policy Council, being concerned about the Head Start Program under the Community Action Agency, Economic Opportunities Development Corporation (EODC), prepared a resolution to EODC's Board of Directors requesting the relinquishment of the Head Start grant. The objective was to become independent of the Community Action Agency and for the Head Start Program to continue in San Antonio. Articles of Incorporation were completed thus beginning the name Parent/Child Incorporated of San Antonio and Bexar County.
The City of San Antonio became the interim Grantee for the Head Start program. On February 9, 1979, the City Council of San Antonio, under the Honorable Mayor Lila Cockrell, delegated the entire administration and operation of Project Head Start to Parent/Child Incorporated of San Antonio and Bexar County. With 12 Head Start Centers, 800 children, approximately 200 employees and one vehicle, Parent/Child Incorporated, better known today as “PCI”, evolved as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3), single purpose Human Services Agency, chartered by the State of Texas to provide educational and social services to low-income children and their families. In 1981, with approval of the Grantee, Parent/Child Incorporated applied for and received Head Start Program Expansion Funds to serve an additional 400 children.
In 1990, PCI was funded to operate a Parent Child Center (PCC) for 106 infants, toddlers and pregnant women. This was a very productive program and in 1996, the program was transitioned into a Wave I Early Head Start Program for 80 families of pregnant and parenting women making PCI the Grantee for Early Head Start. Today, PCI's Early Head Start Program serves 128 infants, toddlers, and pregnant young women.
PCI participated in two major Head Start Demonstration Projects from 1991 through 1995. The first three-year Demonstration Project, 1991 through 1994, was the Family Services Center Project. The second effort was the Head Start Family Child Care Homes Demonstration Project, from 1992 through 1995. The projects proved very successful in their design and research. This information assisted federal government funding support in strengthening Head Start Programs throughout the country.
PCI continues to serve families within the context of the community and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Partnerships is to ensure that grantee and delegate agencies collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.
To honor two special individuals who continue to go above and beyond by volunteering their time and resources to Parent/Child Incorporated and in conjunction with Head Start Awareness activities, PCI’s Board of Directors and Policy Council approved the renaming of two centers. On October 11, 2010, Parent/Child Incorporated honored the “Legacy of Service” of the former Head Start Director who was with PCI since its inception, and current Volunteer/Mentor, Mrs. Adelina Hinojosa Fritz by holding an Official Dedication and renaming of La Casa de Niños Center to the Adelina Fritz Child Development Center. The property was purchased with Head Start funds by PCI in 1999 and awarded by ACF as federal interest property to be used to provide Early Head Start/Head Start Program services.
On October 10, 2011, Parent/Child Incorporated also honored “A Servant of the Community”, Mrs. Evelyn L. King who has served as a Board member since PCI’s inception. An Official Dedication and renaming of the Gardendale Center to the Evelyn L. King Child Development Center took place. On November 1, 2011, Bexar County Commissioner’s Court signed over ownership of this property to PCI.
In July 2013, PCI was awarded a Head Start grant and is funded to provide services to 476 children and their families. In January of 2015, PCI was also awarded a grant to operate an Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership program. This program serves 112 children and their families in collaboration with three child care partners, as well as serving 88 children and their families through Early Head Start expansion opportunities.
Parent/Child Incorporated continues to be a driving force in early childhood development, having trained, skilled staff working with young children and families that includes a seasoned management staff. The parents, staff, volunteers and partners are PCI’s biggest asset and are the focus of special training, special activities/events, volunteer/partnership recognitions, advisory committees, being part of the Board of Directors, Policy Council, Parent Center Committees and the Male Initiative (Fatherhood Initiative), Teacher of the Year Recognitions, ECC of the Year Recognitions, and the list goes on. The assessment tool, “Teaching Strategies Gold” is in place to allow staff and parents to make data-driven decisions regarding developmental and educational outcomes to ensure school readiness. The families and community will benefit from this assessment as evidenced by children having a greater head start in their education and being school ready with the inclusion of the parents in the learning process.
“To provide high-quality early childhood developmental and educational services in order to empower our children and their families to become responsible citizens who value education and community” is PCI’s mission.