Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training

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REGISTRATION ENDS 4/19 at 8pmET, but is likely to sell-out sooner.

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How can an active Parent Advisory Committee enhance a Program's work with families?

What steps are needed to create and sustain an effective Parent Advisory Committee?

How can Programs prepare to share leadership with Program participants?

A Parent Advisory Committee is a leadership group of Program participants that provides input, guidance, and feedback to a Program on a regular basis. An active Parent Advisory Committee can be a highly effective method of supporting meaningful parent engagement, developing parent leadership skills, and supporting a Program's success.

Yet many Programs report struggling with managing Parent Advisory Committees. Funders often expect Programs to have them, yet less frequently ensure Programs have training and support to implement them well. Parents serving on these committees sometimes feel that their participation and contributions are not useful or valued.

The National Family Support Network has developed the Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training to address these challenges and maximize the great potential of Parent Advisory Committees. Whether Programs are exploring setting up a new Parent Advisory Committee, or seeking to strengthen an existing one, this training will provide staff with the strategies and tools to maximize the great potential of shared staff-parent leadership.

The training is co-conducted by a NFSN staff member and an experienced national Parent Leader, modeling and reinforcing the importance of meaningful staff-parent partnerships.

Each time the training has been offered, 95-100% of training participants have indicated the training was effective or very effective in enhancing their knowledge and skills about developing and sustaining effective parent advisory committees and felt prepared or well-prepared to develop and sustain them.

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Staff teams including Program Leadership are needed in order to be able to implement the model effectively.

Participants will:

  • Identify the benefits and challenges of parent leadership development
  • Learn the key steps and timeline to create and sustain a Parent Advisory Committee
  • Begin action planning for developing or strengthening a Parent Advisory Committee


Each Day: 11:30am-5:00pmET/10:30am-4:00pmCT/9:30am-3:00pmMT/8:30am-2:00pmPT

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Important note: When completing the registration, please specify the physical shipping address to which your training materials should be mailed in advance of the training. Without a hard copy of the training materials, you will not be able to participate.

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Credit Card: Through Eventbrite

Check: If you would like to pay by check, please contact Michael at He can also provide an invoice, if needed. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

If you need the W9 of the NFSN's fiscal sponsor, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, please download it here.

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No refunds will be issued for this event.


Contact Laura at or (607) 207-6375.

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