Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE): Leadership and Lifelong Learning Now Recruiting

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program is seeking parents/caregivers from a variety of backgrounds to participate in the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE): Leadership and Lifelong Learning.

PIE is a 12-month training program for parents/caregivers with children who have received early intervention services through the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) and primarily for those who are not currently working in the early intervention field. One spot is designated for a parent/caregiver working in the early intervention field. Our goal is to have a racially and geographically diverse group of participants.

Parents/Caregivers will learn about:
  • Robert’s Rules of Order (a framework commonly used in public meetings)
  • The State Interagency Coordinating Council and its role in advising and assisting ESIT
  • The early intervention system
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Public speaking and presentation
Throughout this training institute, you may have opportunities to participate on SICC standing committees as parent representative openings become available.

Participants will enhance their leadership skills and have the opportunity to practice those skills to be great candidates for school boards and government bodies.

Application deadline:
August 4, 2023
Cohort 6 announced:
August 11, 2023

Enrollment Open for Spring 2022 Online Parent Leadership Training Institute – English and Spanish

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a free, 12 week, 6 hours per week leadership course for parents, guardians, grandparents, community members and anyone working with families. The goal of the PLTI is to increase community engagement in civic matters, public education and youth development. It is held at Everett Community College in the spring and fall of every calendar year, but is currently offered only online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PLTI is led by credentialed facilitators who are certified by the National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) after completing intensive training. Facilitators are required to:

  • understand civics and the democratic process;
  • have knowledge about state and community policy issues;
  • embrace diversity;
  • understand the need for parent engagement in the community;
  • see parents/guardians/community members as community assets;
  • be inspiring!

They are accompanied by guest presenters such as business leaders, elected officials, service/health providers, school district officials and guided by a Civic Design Team formed by school and community leaders.

The Children’s Leadership Training Institute (CLTI), a free leadership course for children ages 6 – 12, is offered to the children of those enrolled in the PLTI.

PLTI Curriculum

The PLTI curriculum is an in-depth program centered on the belief that democracy is the bridge linking communities, families, diverse cultures and races. The curriculum is broken down into two sessions which paves a path to a greater understanding of our role in the community and the systems that are in place. It is a catalyst for self-reflection, awareness, analysis and transformation. We believe that everyone can be empowered to improve their lives and the lives of others.

Learn more and Sign Up Here!