About Us

About the Family Institute


In 2014, CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell established the Department of Family and Community Engagement to support the district’s goal of increasing opportunities for family and community engagement in Prince George’s County Public Schools. The department is committed to increasing participation and intentional collaboration between families, schools, and the broader PGCPS community in support of the district goal of outstanding academic achievement for ALL students.

In working to increase family and community participation and engagement with PGCPS, it is crucial that we allocate resources and identify research-based and innovative, structured strategies to bridge the gap, for this reason, PGCPS has developed the Family Institute which will launch September 10, 2016. It will serve as a structured strategy designed to enhance the capacity of families and other learning guardians in support of the academic achievement of students.

Well Attended Sessions

Adult Learners Poised to Engage

The Family Institute is made possible through the intensive planning and guidance of the Increasing Family Strategy Team and the Family Institute Planning Task Force. Additionally, research and collaboration with other districts, community conversations with PGCPS staff, families have provided a framework to a strategic approach that includes:

  • Free sessions across the district
  • Translation and interpretation of services
  • Childcare opportunities
  • Evaluation of impact and strategy
  • Internal staff professional development

Childcare that is Educational and Fun



Our Vision

Our vision statement paints a future where all students, regardless of background or experiences, have access to high-quality learning environments, a broad array of educational opportunities, and effective support systems that equip them to graduate college and career ready.

PGCPS will be a GREAT school system recognized for providing education services which ensure that every student in our diverse school district graduates ready for college and careers in a global society.

Engaging and Personable Session Presenters

Session Addressing Bullying

Our Mission

Our mission statement defines the scope of our work and communicates what we hope to contribute to society as a result.

To provide a great education that empowers all students and contributes to thriving communities.

PGCPS is one of the nation’s 25 largest school districts in the United States and the second largest school system in Maryland.

Schools & Centers: 208
Student Enrollment: 128,937
Student Demographics:

  • Black or African American: 79,139 (61.4%)
  • Hispanic/ Latino of any race: 38,133 (29.6%)
  • White: 5,446 (4.2%)
  • Asian: 3,589 (2.8%)
  • American Indian/ Alaska Native: 452 (.4%)
  • Asian: 3,589 (2.8%)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 272 (.2%)
  • Two or more races: 1,906 (1.5%)
  • English Language Learners: 20,345 (15.8%)
  • Special Education: 14,355 (11.1%)
  • Free and Reduced Meals: 82,242 (63.8%)
Employees: 19,000

Session for Learning the Curriculum