Over the past 15 years, our foundation has granted over $175,000 to support three programs that develop engagement, advocacy, and leadership skills for parents: Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), People Empowering People (PEP), and Parents Seeking Educational Excellence (Parent SEE). In 2009, the Great Recession hit the state budget, and funding for these programs was eliminated, causing many of them to close down. The following year, funding was restored, and the Connecticut Commission on Children reached out to our foundation for help in restarting the programs where they had formerly been operating, and expanding them to new communities. The result? Programs were restored in Middletown, New London, Norwich, and Willimantic, and new programs sprang up in Meriden, West Hartford, Wallingford, Plainville/Bristol, and Mansfield. Our portfolio of parent engagement programs continues to include all of these communities plus New Haven. In addition, we’ve provided grant funding to the three agencies that provide centralized training and coordination for the three programs: the Connecticut Commission on Children, the Connecticut Center for School Change, and the University of Connecticut Extension Service. We’re believers in the power of parents to change the lives of their children, their communities, and themselves!