Our Mission

The National Parent Leadership Institute exists to coordinate and increase the civic skills and impact of diverse parents to improve child and community outcomes as they build caring communities.

Who We Are

We are pioneers in developing the field of parent leadership by embracing a cross-race, cross-class, parent-informed and pro-social learning approach to building parents as a constituency for community and recognizing children as the beneficiaries.

What We Do

NPLI works with agencies, community organizations, local/state governments and other systems and trains parents, agency leaders and community leaders (as well as children through a two-generational strategy) to view parents as valuable leaders and assets working to build caring communities.

Geographic Service Area

The NPLI service area includes locations across the United States and in Australia. To see a list of NPLI Locations click the button below:


The Curriculum

The Parent Leadership Training Institute curriculum helps parents become the leaders they would like to be for their children. The twenty week course and civic practice offers detailed information on how change occurs in states and neighborhoods to improve child outcomes. Parents focus on their interests in a supportive context. Participants span age, race, culture and education level, creating a diverse community of families working together for children and youth.

Parents are offered five phases of training, built on interactive adult learning practices: A retreat to develop group and define mission; ten weeks on parent leadership with focus on voice, difference, values, and family and community strength; ten weeks on how change occurs for children, including best practice, data analysis, model policy, network building and a communications framework; a parent- selected community project to practice civic learnings; and an optional Alumni Program, after graduation, to share projects and exchange information.

The PLTI curriculum offers a two-generation strategy to bolster parental involvement while promoting the lifelong health, safety and learning of children. The curriculum braids child development, leadership, and democracy skills together. A graduation follows in a local civic setting or the State Capitol with community and state policy leaders in partnership. An optional Children’s Leadership Training Institute for the children of the parents-in-training, uses children’s literature to teach parallel content.

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The Children’s Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) is a parallel course to the Parent Leadership Training Institute. Following the profile of PLTI, it is organized into the two sections: Phase I – Developing Community and Phase II – Democracy and civic skills.

CLTI was an idea that emerged at a PLTI graduation. It was there that the children’s pride in both their parents’ accomplishments and their own became visible. This challenged us to develop a parallel childcare component that includes parallel content. It is an organic bridge for parents and children who would now share the course experience.

CLTI uses literacy as a base and creates a full spectrum of activities that parallel the PLTI course and encompass the multiple intelligences.