COFI is a member group and serves as fiscal agent and lead agency for a new national network of parent leaders, United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN), which held its inaugural national gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico in November. Over 100 representatives from 25 member groups came together to plan, strategize and connect to advance their vision of ensuring parents’ voices are heard at policymaking tables! COFI-trained parents from Chicago, East St. Louis and Skokie attended!
The gathering was an opportunity for parent leaders to engage with their peers from across the country, learn about key issues, and create plans to advance policies that will benefit children and families. The event included 16 workshops on a variety of topics related to policy, leadership development, and parent-led campaigns. It also included sessions on the three primary areas of UPLAN’s policy agenda – promoting real parent engagement, increasing access to early care and education, and protecting immigrant families. Additionally, UPLAN elected a Parent Governing Council and core members’ team for 2018 – including Rosazlia Grillier representing COFI. Many thanks to all who made this event possible – it was truly a collective effort!