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Quality Public Education is a fundamental right of every person and essential to a democratic society.

Decades of research shows that when families are welcomed and prepared to be partners in their children’s learning in meaningful ways, students succeed and schools improve.


PLAN has provided thousands of Bay Area parents with leadership trainings that leverage their strengths, value their diversity, and connect across languages and learning styles. PLAN’s training programs build communities of emerging leaders who work in partnership with schools to create a culture of meaningful engagement for all families.

Graduates go on to participate in governance, school improvement efforts and campaigns for educational equity at the district and state levels. In 2014, eight graduates were elected to School Site Councils, which decide how Local Control funds are spent, and two were elected to the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee. Other graduates organized at their school sites to address issues such as parent-teacher communication, traffic safety and language access.

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“PLAN helped me understand we parents can support one another and, together, build the school that we want for our children.”
~ Felicitas Garcia, Parent, Esperanza Elementary

Parents Ready for School


This introductory program builds the knowledge, skills and confidence of families with young children so they can navigate the school system and advocate for their children’s success from their first school days.




A year-long “Training of Trainers” program that enables parents to lead efforts to engage more families at their school sites.


Summer Parent Leadership Academy


A five-session intensive training on the school system, educational equity and the basics of community organizing to prepare parents for advanced leadership roles.


LEAP – Leaders Engaged for Active Parents


Provides intensive, ongoing support to parents in East Oakland schools to get informed, get involved and take action to improve their children’s learning and school environment through Transformative Family Engagement.


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Each month, you’ll get stories of parents’ successes, policy updates, links to our recent blog posts and more.