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Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees

An active Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) can be a highly effective method of ensuring meaningful parent engagement, developing parent leadership skills, and supporting a Program’s success.  The National Family Support Network has developed a unique 1-day in-person/2-half-day virtual training for Program staff to maximize the great potential of Parent Advisory Committees.  Whether Programs are exploring setting up a new Parent Advisory Committee, or seeking to strengthen an existing one, this training will provide staff with the strategies and tools to develop an effective one. 

The training is co-trained by a NFSN staff person who has developed successful Parent Advisory Committees and an experienced National Parent Leader who has served on various Parent Advisory Committees, modeling and reinforcing the effectiveness of staff-parent partnerships.

Each time the training has been offered, 95-100% of training participants have indicated it was effective or very effective in enhancing their knowledge and skills about developing and sustaining effective parent advisory committees and felt prepared or well-prepared to develop and sustain them.


The pricing of this unique virtual training for up to 40 participants is $7,500 for National Family Support Network Members and $8,000 for non-Members. Two Trainings: $14,000 for NFSN Members and $15,000 for non-Members. The training is 11 hours (including breaks) divided equally over two consecutive days, such as 9:30 am - 3:00 pm each day. It can be scheduled to start earlier or later as long as it covers 5.5 hours each day

For more information, please see the overview document here.

"Everything was extremely organized and explained in a wonderful manner.  I am prepared to start the steps of having a PAC at my organization."

-PAC Training Participant

"This was an engaging training that helped me to better visualize highly functioning and effective Parent Advisory Committees (PACs) in my agency.  I feel much more equipped now to begin to work to develop the PACs in a much more intentional and purposeful manner."

-PAC Training Participant

"I liked the specific examples, concrete ideas, and understanding the reasons why they were implemented to contribute to the success of the Family Resource Center and Parent Advisory Committee."

-PAC Training Participant

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  • June 24 & 25, 2024: NFSN Virtual Training
    Register here by June 21

  • July 25 & 26, 2024: NFSN Virtual Training
    Register here by July 10 

  • August 19 & 20, 2024: NFSN Virtual Training
    here by August 18

  • September 23 & 24, 2024: NFSN Virtual Training
    Register here by September 22

  • October 28 & 29, 2024: NFSN Virtual Training
    Register here by October 27

  • November 18 & 19, 2024: NFSN Virtual Training
    Register here by November 17




To learn how you can host this training for Programs in your area to develop staff skills to support parent leadership development, please click here. To schedule hosting a training, please click here and fill out the training request form.

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