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Parent Leadership Training
Center for New London Parent Leadership

Get involved! Download a flyer for our upcoming UConn PEP Training: Special Needs Focus
Available in English or Spanish

Free courses! Free Child Care! Free Dinner! Need assistance with transportation? Just ask and see what services are available! Spanish Translation available!

Become a Parent Leader!
Are you looking to increase your communication and advocacy skills? Are you looking to create positive changes in systems that impact your children and family? Do you want to become more involved in your community? Become a parent leader!

Who can be a Parent Leader?
If you have children (biological, step, foster, adoptive), are a grandparent raising your grandchildren (biological, step, foster, adoptive), or just have a passion to create a positive change for systems that impact children and communities - you can be a parent leader!


2017/18 Trainings   download calendar
(In partnership with New London Public Schools)



Classes begin
September 26th 2017


Special Needs Focus

Weekly Classes Tuesday Nights:
5:30 - 8:00 PM

120 Broad St.
New London, CT 06320
(The Martin Center)


Register by
September 19th
UConn People Empowering People (PEP)
download a flyer in English     in Spanish

The UConn People Empowering People Program is an innovative personal and family development program. The program is designed to build on the unique strengths and life experiences of parents and caregivers, and emphasizes the connection between individual and community action. This program has a strong communication, problem solving, and community focus. This particular PEP training is tailored to meet the needs of parents and care givers who have children with special needs or may have concerns about their child's development.
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Special education overview
  • Understanding ourselves and others as parents
  • Understanding our children
  • Conscious Discipline
  • Action planning
  • Becoming an advocate
  • Our community and its leaders, and more

All graduates receive a certificate of achievement through UConn Extension

For more information or to register, please email Maegan Parrott or call (860) 440-6651.


Series 1: Board of Education Focus
Begins Saturday February 3rd 2018

Series 2: City Focus
Begins Saturday April 7th 2018


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: T.B.D.


Register by
Monday January 29th 2018 for Series 1
Monday April 2nd 2018 for Series 2
Essentials of Local Advocacy   download a flyer
Confused about how to advocate in New London's public schools and city budget process but want to ensure your voice is heard? In preparation of the annual budget, this workshop series offers parents and community members insight into advocating in local government during this time and introduces the importance of participating in public hearings. Participants get the opportunity to connect with local elected officials and learn how to craft a public testimony (verbal and written) to ensure maximum impact in your advocacy efforts. For more information or to register, please email Maegan Parrott or call (860) 440-6651.








Part 1: Tuesday, March 6th 2018
Part 2: Tuesday, March 13th 2018

5:00 - 8:30 PM

120 Broad St.
New London, CT 06320
(The Martin Center)


Register by
February 27th, 2018
Persuasive Story Telling & Parent Presentations
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In your journey as a parent advocate, you may often need to share your parent story. Learn how incorporating personal stories into public speaking situations benefits your cause and develop your own personal skills at crafting and delivering an effective parent presentation! In partnership with FAVOR, this training is offered as a 2 part series. For more information or to register, please email Maegan Parrott or call (860) 440-6651.








New London Parent University
New London Parent University was inspired by Hartford Parent University and is a parent-led and community collaborative that engages, empowers, mobilizes and trains parents to advocate and support not only their child's learning but their own personal learning. The Parent Leadership Advisory Group (PLAG) is a group of New London Public School parents, teachers, administrators, and Community partners working together to launch New London Parent University in FALL 2017. If you re interested in becoming involved as a participant or becoming a member of PLAG, please email Maegan Parrott or call (860) 440-6651.

Learning sessions include:

  • Navigating NLPS School system
  • Advocating in NLPS
  • Conscious Discipline
  • Effective two-way communication for family-school partnerships
  • Bullying
  • College and career readiness
  • Stress Management and Self-care
  • Child development


Tuesday May 15th, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM

120 Broad Street
New London, CT 06320
(The Martin Center)


Please RSVP by
May 8th, 2018
Alumni Potluck
Our annual alumni gathering and potluck offers parent leadership alumni the opportunity to reconnect and network. If you have graduated our parent leadership programs or are interested in meeting those who have please feel free to join us! For more information or to register, please email Maegan Parrott or call (860) 440-6651.










MaeganFor more information about the Center for New London Parent Leadership please contact:

Maegan Parrott
Parent Leadership Training Coordinator
New London Youth Affairs
Center for New London Parent Leadership
120 Broad St. New London, CT 06320
Office: (860) 440-6651
mparrott@ci.new-london.ct.us
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