Who We Are
The National Parent Leadership Institute is a parent-centered, anti-racist organization that partners with parents and communities to equip families with the civic skills, knowledge, and opportunities to be leading advocates for children at home, school, and in the community.
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.
Where we are working
We work with parents, public agencies, community organizations, local and state governments, foundations, and more to increase parent leadership, parent partnership, and parent voice at decision making tables, in order to create more caring communities for children. We support and celebrate PLTI alumni as they continue their leadership journey. We partner with Connecticut and Colorado in supporting their State-wide PLTI Initiatives We provide technical assistance to communities across the country as they support new cohorts of parent leaders, and as they work to build capacity within systems and staff to partner with parents. The NPLI service area includes locations across United States and in Australia. See a list of NPLI locations below:
Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) has a presence in the following states in the Northeast Region.
In 2018, Chelsea launched PLTI through the work of The Neighborhood Developers. After graduating their first cohort, they have taken a pause from PLTI in order to better support community work and alumni leadership.
Beginning in 2016, the Revere School District began offering PLTI classes. Revere PLTI still has an active alumni community, but is currently holding off on PLTI for the time being.
NY: New Visions, Bronx
New Visions for Public Schools, a network of schools in New York City, launched PLTI in 2015, and continue to offer Parent Leadership Training Institute.
The Comprehensive Community action Program launched PLTI in Cranston, RI in 2018. The Cranston site has transitioned from PLTI to a Racial Equity initiative.
PLTI has a presence in the following states in the Southeast region.
Founded in partnership with Catalyst Miami in 2007, this legacy PLTI site offered Parent Leadership Training Institute until 2018, and currently supports active parent leader alumni.
LA: New Orleans
New Orleans PLTI launched originally in 2015, running through 2018. Through the Healthy Start in the New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Youth, New Orleans PLTI re-launched in 2019.
PLTI has a presence in the following states in the Midwest region.
Moberly PLTI offered its first cohort in 2019, through a partnership with the Randolph County Caring Community, and is on its way to hosting its second PLTI cohort.
OH: Central Ohio
Schealthness, Central Ohio PLTI’s sponsoring organization helped to launch PLTI in 2018 in Columbus. Central OHIO PLTI is currently offering Parent Leadership Training Institute.
PLTI has a presence in the following states in the West region.
Launched in 2019, the Delhi site currently offers PLTI and CLTI. Through a partnership with the United Way of Merced and Building Healthy Communities, Delhi PLTI graduated its first cohort of parent leaders in 2020.
Launched in 2019, the Gustine site currently offers PLTI and CLTI. Through a partnership with the United Way of Merced and Building Healthy Communities, Delhi PLTI will graduate its first cohort of parent leaders in 2020-2021.
CA: Los Banos
Los Banos is an active PLTI site with CLTI and a strong and diverse community of parent leaders, through the Merced Office of Education. PLTI offered in multiple languages. Founded in 2018.
Merced is an active PLTI site with CLTI and a strong and diverse community of parent leaders, through the Merced Office of Education. PLTI offered in multiple languages. Founded in 2014.
A legacy PLTI site, Solano offered PLTI and CLTI from 2014-2017 and now focuses chiefly on alumni parent leader action. PLTI Board Member Alan Kerzin comes to us from the work in Solano. This work is made possible by the PLTI partnership with the Children’s Network of Solano County.
A legacy PLTI site, Stockton offered the Parent Leadership Training Institute from 2011-2014. Currently, there are active PLTI alumni driving change in Stockton.
HI: Statewide PLTI
Currently offered in O’ahu, Maui and Hawai’i Island, Hawaii PLTI was originally founded in O’ahu in 2016. Through the Hawaii Children’s Network, this statewide site offers PLTI in multiple locations on multiple islands.
PLTI has a presence in the following states in the Southwest:
CO: Statewide FLTI
Colorado’s Family Leadership Training Institute, a statewide initiative, launched in 2009 and is run through a partnership with Colorado State University Extension. Currently, FLTI of Colorado has approximately 20 active cohorts across 13 communities