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News Release from the Commission on Children

For more information, contact:
Dawn Homer-Bouthiette
Parent Engagement and Family Policy Director, Connecticut Commission on Children
dawn.homer-bouthiette@cga.ct.gov | 860.240.0085

Grants awarded for parent leadership training in 16 communities

Parents in 16 towns and cities across Connecticut will receive training on how to become effective leaders in their communities, thanks to grants recently awarded by the Parent Trust Fund, an initiative of the Connecticut General Assembly.

Programs supported by the Parent Trust Fund include the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a nationally recognized civics initiative of the Connecticut Commission on Children; People Empowering People (PEP), which is sponsored by the University of Connecticut; and Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (PSEE), an innovative collaboration between the Commission on Children and the Connecticut Center for School Change that is designed to support family-school partnerships.

Through these programs, the Parent Trust Fund will provide 23 grants totaling $626,144 in 2012, allowing parent leadership training in Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Enfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Meriden, Middlesex County, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Plymouth, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and West Hartford.

The Parent Trust Fund was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2001, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation providing $250,000 in seed funding. The William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund followed as the first Connecticut foundation to contribute. The Fund is administered by the state Department of Education, through the State Education and Resource Center (SERC).

Research shows that children's health, safety, and learning all improve significantly when parents become more engaged in civic life. The programs of the Parent Trust Fund help in this by giving parents the knowledge and skills needed to work with their mayors, principals, and other community leaders. They learn how to advocate for their children, volunteer in their community, and serve on everything from nonprofit boards to school governance councils. They learn to shape the futures of their communities as well as their families.

For more information on parent leadership training, visit the Commission on Children website at www.cga.ct.gov/coc or call Dawn Homer-Bouthiette at 860-240-0085.

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