Helping Parents to Lead

Parent Leadership is the cornerstone of our organization. We educate parents so that they will have the knowledge and skills they need to improve the community for children.

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a 20-week course offered once each year. PLTI focuses on developing the personal skills parents need to lead in the community, and educating parents on politics, policy, and the media. The curriculum was developed by the Connecticut Commission on Children.

People Empowering People (PEP) is a 15-week program offered in Spanish and Portuguese. It focuses on communications, problem solving, parenting, community issues, and civics. The curriculum was developed by the the UConn Cooperative Extension System.

Advocating for Children

Advocating for children and families is a high priority for Danbury Children First and the parents involved in our work. We focus on:

  • ensuring that all children have access to high-quality preschool experiences.
  • opening the doors for all parents to be involved in their children's education and fostering a greater understanding of the importance of parent involvement in our education.
  • promoting an understanding of different cultures within the Danbury community to improve children's educational and health outcomes.

Informing Parents

Danbury Children First provides the information parents in Greater Danbury need to raise happy, healthy, successful children.

Our Parent to Parent Newsletter and e-newsletter connect parents with local resources, keep parents informed about community events, and provide insights on raising children.

One-page Resource Sheets offer at-a-glance information on Danbury-area resources for health, human services, education, and raising children with special needs.

Most information is provided in three languages, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Workshops, which are often done in partnership with the Danbury Public Schools and the Danbury School Readiness Council focus on:
  • parent involvement in education
  • high-quality early care and education
  • early literacy