The Application period for the Class of 2023 has closed. If you would like to be considered for next year’s class, please email Regan Allan,

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.

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The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)

Stamford’s Parent Leadership Training Institute Design Team in partnership with the Stamford Public Education Foundation is pleased to announce Stamford’s 23rd 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 2023 PLTI program beginning this January in a hybrid setting.

Participants will become advocates for children through:

– An in-person Saturday community-building retreat

– A 10-week hybrid instructional course on community and personal development, plus an

in-person Saturday session

– A 10-week hybrid 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 17th, an in-person all day retreat on Saturday, January 21st and classes continuing on Thursday evenings for 20 weeks until June via Zoom, except one class per month in-person. There will also be an in-person all day Saturday session on March 25th. Class is from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, beginning with networking and social time from 5:30-6pm and dinner when in-person. The training will be offered only in English.

Children of PLTI participants ages 5-12 may participate in our hybrid Children’s Leadership

Training Institute (CLTI)- a literacy-based curriculum that parallels PLTI’s weekly topics. Participating children get a new book every week!

For more information and to receive an application contact Regan Allan, PLTI Coordinator at (203) 539-1722 or or click here.

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.

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.

Here are some articles about PEP Graduation 2022:

La Voz Hispana de Connecticut
El Sol News

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.