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Together, we can create a brighter future for all students.

As parents, we all want the best for our children, including a quality education that sets them up for success.


Unfortunately, the education system is not always fair and equitable, with some children having more access to resources and opportunities than others. This affects everyone, as it limits our children's potential and can lead to negative outcomes like lower graduation rates & fewer career opportunities.

That's where CPLAN comes in.

CPLAN (Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network) is an organization of parents, led by parents of color, who are working to create a more equitable education system. Founded in 2016 in Boston by a group of parents who wanted to make a change, CPLAN has grown to a statewide coalition of over 1,000 educational stakeholders, including parents, educators, administrators, and policy makers. Our goal is to empower parents to become leaders in education advocacy and work towards creating policies and practices that are more equitable for all children.

Our Model


CPLAN informs families about educational issues and the importance of advocacy for equitable education. We offer workshops on inequities in education, school culture impacts, and support for their child's educational journey.


We inform schools about the impact of marginalization on students and families and collaborate with them to develop culturally sensitive and equitable practices, including with hiring. We also provide workshops on equitable family engagement.


CPLAN holds focus groups, community conversations, forums, and events to inform legislators about issues the community is facing and gather input on education matters.


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Clean Water Access

Mass DEP is offering FREE and EASY drinking water lead testing through the Water Smart Program!

Encourage your child’s school or daycare center to take part.


To learn more and apply, they can:

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Join a Parent Council!

Visit our Parents' Guide to Advocacy to learn more about strategies, resources, and ideas to strengthen the parent voice in your child's school!

Contact us if you have questions about ensuring your parent council is diverse, representative of the student body, and effective at creating change in your child's school.

Mental Wellness

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it's crucial that we take care of both.

Check out our mental wellness resources!


Upcoming Workshops

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What Our Members Say

"At my kids’ IEP meeting, I felt like I was on the same level as them for the first time and that’s because of CPLAN."

Mother | Parent Advisory Council Member


Brockton Public Schools

Information about Brockton Public Schools and where to find the resources you need.

Boston Public Schools

Information about Boston Public Schools and where to find the resources you need.

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We couldn't do it without the support of our amazing sponsors!

Thank you for everything you've done to further our mission and ensure all students have access to a high quality, holistic educational experience.

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