Connecticut group wins parent leadership grant

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Commission on Children has won a two-year $500,000 grant to expand its parent leadership training program, while also replicating it elsewhere in the country.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing parent leadership funding the Connecticut commission as well as 29 other organizations.

Connecticut’s 20-week program trains parents in public speaking, budget-making, communicating through the media, and educating others on the benefits of good public policies for children, among other skills. Since 1992, an ethnically diverse group of more than 3,000 parents, grandparents and guardians have received their Parent Leadership Training Institute diplomas.

The commission created the program after determining many parents wanted to get involved in civic affairs but felt they lacked the necessary skills.

Besides replicating the institute elsewhere, the grant will fund several state-based initiatives.

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