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 conducted by a NFSN staff person who has developed successful Parent Advisory Committees.  There is also an option for it to be co-trained with an experienced National Parent Leader who has served on various Parent Advisory Committees.  The co-trainer option models and reinforces the effective staff-parent partnerships that the training focuses on and provides the valuable perspective of a parent leader.

Participants have rated their readiness to develop and sustain a Parent Advisory Committee after completing the training as 4.2 on a 5-point scale and their overall impression of the training as 4.7 out of 5.


The pricing of this unique 1-day training for up to 40 participants, whether virtual or in-person, is $5,000 for National Family Support Network Members and $5,500 for non-Members.  The option with a Parent Leader Co-Trainer is $7,000 for National Family Support Network Members and $7,500 for non-Members.  For in-person trainings, trainer travel within the continental United States is included in this pricing.

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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This list of all Parent Advisory Committee Trainings currently scheduled to be offered includes whether they are open for registration to people outside of the Networks that are hosting them:


  • October 19 & 20, 2021: Virtual Training - Wisconsin - closed registration

  • October 26 & 27, 2021: Virtual Training - Hawaii - closed registration

  • October 28 & 29, 2021: Virtual Training - Texas - closed registration

  • November 4 & 5, 2021: Virtual Training - Connecticut - closed registration

  • November 16 & 17, 2021: NFSN Virtual Training - open registration - Register here by November 2

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