Funding Sources

The Parent Trust Fund


What is the Parent Trust Fund?
The Parent Trust Fund is the first family civics initiative focused on training parents in leadership skills to improve the health, safety, and learning outcomes of children. It was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2001. The state Department of Education administers the Parent Trust Fund through the State Education and Resource Center (SERC).

What communities benefit from the investment made in the Parent Trust Fund?

Parent involvement programs supported by the Parent Trust Fund include: the nationally recognized Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), created by the Commission on Children; the University of Connecticut-sponsored People Empowering People (PEP); the Center for School Change’s Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (PSEE); and ASPIRA’s APEX, among others. In 2013-2014, 23 organizations were funded, providing 53 diverse programs in English, Spanish, and Albanian.

The Parent Trust Fund supports parent leadership training in Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Bristol, Coventry, Danbury, Enfield, Greenwich, Hamden, Hartford, Killingly, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Plymouth, Stamford, Stratford, Torrington, Waterbury, West Hartford, and Windham.