Parents Organizations

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Becoming a UPLAN Member
UPLAN Partnering Principles
Dear Organizations/Initiatives:

We invite you to become part of the United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN) – a parent-led action network of parent leaders and parent leadership initiatives across the nation, united to build a powerful voice to influence policies and programs that matter to families and children, especially families with young children. UPLAN parent leaders are low- and moderate-income parents, parents of color, immigrants, grandparents raising grandchildren: parents who truly know what families and communities need in order to succeed and thrive.

UPLAN was formed to create national impact and now more than ever, we need to come together to stand up for children and families. All of our member organizations/initiatives have parents in the lead, setting the agenda, building power and working to make change on behalf of children and families. Across the country, policies and practices are harming our communities and it is time, now, for us to form a united voice, to coordinate calls to action, and for the first time, to have parents in the driver’s seat setting and implementing a national parent leader agenda.

While we have a broad policy change agenda, our four priority areas in which we seek policy change currently are: Immigration Reform, Early Care and Education (including Childcare), Education K-12, and Economic Security (including Food Security). Our most immediate policy focus areas are: 1) calling for a new federal Office of Parent Engagement, 2) increasing resources for and affordability of early care and education, 3) protecting immigrant families, and 4) implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in a way that supports these goals.

Also, we seek to increase the capacity of organizations to build parent leadership. UPLAN will convene parent leaders and leadership groups to learn from each other and share the best of leadership development and organizing. We will offer training on parent leadership, organizing and policy issues from a parent’s perspective.

Please contact us with any questions at or 312-226-5141. There is no better time to stand up for children and families!

UPLAN’s Membership Subcommittee

To join UPLAN, please fill out and submit this online form. (To select a different language, use the Translate button in the footer of this page.)

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Parent Organization Membership Application

United Parent Leaders Action Network
Initiative/Organization Membership Application

1. Primarily work with parent leaders, the majority of whom are low to moderate-income, low-wage workers and/or people of color?

2. Have an organizational staff reflective of the communities of parents with whom you work?

3. Have interest in advancing policy related to parents and parent leadership and involvement in public decision-making?

4. Have a compelling model or want to learn a new model of parent leadership?

5. Have intentionality about building parent leadership – not only providing parent education or parent engagement activities.

6. Share the following values: parents in the lead, parents as experts and parents as leaders.