The Parent Leadership Training Institute’s Design Team in partnership with the Stamford Public Education Foundation is pleased to offer several free opportunities for parents, grandparents, guardians and others to become leaders and advocates for children. Candidates are selected from a pool of diverse applicants.

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)

Stamford’s Parent Leadership Training Institute Team in partnership with the Stamford Public Education Foundation is pleased to announce Stamford’s 22nd Class of Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) where in-depth leadership training will be offered to 20-25 selected participants. Stamford PLTI is looking for parents, grandparents, guardians or other adults wishing to improve the lives of children, families, and communities to join the 2022 PLTI program beginning this January in a hybrid setting.

Participants will become advocates for children through:

– An in-person Saturday community-building retreat

– A 9-week virtual instructional course on community and personal development, plus an in-person Saturday session

– A 9-week virtual civics course on politics, policy and media

– A written community project

Candidates will be selected from a pool of diverse applicants. The Institute is free; your contribution is your time and commitment. The training will be offered in a hybrid model, with a virtual orientation on January 19th, an in-person retreat on Saturday, January 22nd and classes continuing on Wednesday evenings for 20 weeks until June. There will also be an in-person Saturday session on March 26th and optional monthly family dinners. Class is from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning with networking and social time from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The training will be offered only in English.

Children of PLTI participants ages 5-12 may participate in our virtual Children Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) – a literacy-based curriculum that parallels PLTI’s weekly topics. Participating children get a new book every week!

The application period has closed.

For more information contact Regan Allan, PLTI Coordinator at (203) 539-1722 or

SPEF/PLTI/PEP policy will continue to adhere to any local, state and federal COVID-19 laws/ordinances, including strict adherence to guidelines relating to venue requirements.

PLTI is a CT Commission on Women, Children and Seniors family civics initiative. Mission Statement: The Parent Leadership Training Institute seeks to enable parents to become leading advocates for children. The cornerstones of the program are respect, validation, and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will actively engage in civic life.

PEP grad 15

People Empowering People (UCONN PEP)

UCONN PEP is a 10-week program for adults that emphasizes the connection between individuals and community action. The curriculum focuses on values, communication, life skills, problem-solving, parenting, and developing leadership skills. The program is offered in Spanish, and dinner and transportation are provided.

A complement to the PEP program, Children’s People Empowering People (CPEP) aims to enrich the power of children ages 5-12 to assume leadership roles in order to foster community action. This is done through a 10-week literacy-based curriculum that parallels the adult PEP program. Each week, children go home with a free book to build their home library and reinforce what was learned in class with their parents. CPEP is offered in English.

Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (PSEE)

PSEE is a 13-week program that provides participants with strategies and tools in order to partner with schools and improve education for all children. The curriculum focuses on the topics of leadership, change, educational policies and partnering. School leaders attend as guests to facilitate dialogue and policy partnerships. The program is offered in English. Childcare, dinner, and transportation are provided.

PLTI Grads Are Being Heard!

Members of our spring 2020 PLTI class are getting their voices heard! Congratulations to four PLTI classmates for having their editorials published in The Advocate. Here’s what they had to say:

Michele McDonald, parent of a Scofield Magnet Middle School eighth-grader and Roxbury Elementary fifth-grader: click here to read the article!

Bianca Shinn Desras, Stamford resident: click here to read the article!

Judy Cleto, Stamford resident: click here to read the article!

Pratibha Pandey, Stamford resident: click here to read the article!

PLTI in the News: La Voz, September 2020