Who We Are

Parents Working Together

Our Purpose

We are fired up about working together for a national impact. In UPLAN, we, as parents, are in the lead, setting the agenda, and defining the tools to build our power on behalf of children and families. Across the country, policies and practices are harming our communities. So we come together as a national, united voice for parent action. Let’s take the driver’s seat on issues that affect our families, and join together for all our communities.

It’s common sense. If you talk with people who know us, they will tell you we know what we are talking about, and we know how to make our voices heard. The next administration, policymakers and political officials need to listen to the voice of those most affected as they make critical decisions about our families.

In our communities and our organizations, we know first hand what a difference it makes when we are part of the creation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies and programs. We want to share what we know works on parent leadership and organizing and help others—including professionals—understand issues from a parent’s perspective.

The outcome of this could change the world, literally. What parents can do when they are connected, empowered and leading in a way that’s meaningful to them and to the people that they know and/or represent, would change the world.
BiancaBianca Bailey
Ellensburg, Washington

Governing Council

Marisela Carmona
Abriendo Puertas

Nora Bassett
Choice for All – Family Leadership Network

Rosazlia Grillier
Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)

S. Queenie Johnson
Mama Be Brilliant

Toyin Anderson
National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI)

Fadumo Bulale

Kris Buchmann
Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLÉ)

Julia Sosa
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Rachel Harralson
Parent Voices California

Rosa Cardenas
Partnership for Community Action (PCA)

Suad Farole
Somali Parents Education Board (SPEB)

Sonja Lennox
Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP Parent Ambassadors

Member Organizations

Abriendo Puertas *

Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN)

Central Valley Children’s Services Network – Parent Voices Fresno

Children’s Council – Parent Voices San Francisco

Choice for All – Family Leadership Network *

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network (CPLAN)

Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) *

Crystal Stairs, Inc. – Community Voices

Educare Central Maine Parent Ambassadors

Fathers, Families, and Healthy Communities

Hustle Mommies

Mama Be Brilliant *

Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative (MLICCI)

National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) *

Ohio Head Start Association – Parent Ambassadors

OneAmerica *

One Pennsylvania *

Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLÉ) *

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) *

Parent Leaders Uniting Schools (PLUS)

Parent Voices California *

Parent Voices CocoKids (Contra Costa Chapter)

Parents United for Change – East St. Louis, IL

Parents United Galveston

Partnership for Community Action (PCA) *

Somali Parents Education Board (SPEB)

Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP Parent Ambassadors (WSA) *

White Center Parent Ambassadors

Witnesses to Hunger

* Core Member

Funders and Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge these funders for their generous support:

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Hagedorn Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Peppercorn Foundation

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