Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training

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REGISTRATION ENDS 1/13/22 at 12pmET, 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?

Why should Programs share decisionmaking 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. PACs advance equity by engaging diverse community members and developing their agency in the Program and community.

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.

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

The training is co-trained 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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The partcipation of Program leaders (Executive Directors, Directors, Managers) is 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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Founded in 2011, the National Family Support Network (NFSN) is a membership-based organization comprised of state networks of two or more Family Resource Centers working together within a collective impact framework to ensure coordinated quality support for families. As the United States’ coordinating body for Family Strengthening & Support networks, the NFSN currently has 35 member networks, comprised of more than 3,000 Family Support and Strengthening organizations, representing the great geographical and demographic diversity of the nation.
The mission of the NFSN is to promote positive outcomes for all children, families, and communities by leveraging the collective impact of state networks and championing quality family support and family strengthening practices and policies.

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