Amplifying Parents as Partners
Achieve Equitable Education, Policies & Practices
In today’s educational system, diverse learners with social/emotional needs, especially those impacted by trauma from immigration, incarceration and violence, typically do not have access to equitable educational outcomes.
Many educators and administrators are not proficient in understanding, supporting, and engaging families-particularly those traditionally left behind.
Although many schools and districts have worked to improve family-school relationships, many parents feel they do not have the ability, expertise, or authority to advocate for equitable educational outcomes for their children, or to question practices and policies.
Student-centered and parent-driven, CPLAN seeks to transcend divisions:
We hold district, charter, parochial, and Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) systems accountable to ensure equitable educational outcomes.
CPLAN strives to create thriving self-reliant parents in their advocacy for their children through training, coaching and community building.
CPLAN believes that in order to create necessary change in the education system in a meaningful and sustainable way it requires a diverse coalition with a common goal, shared values, effective communication, and strong backbone organization between parents, community members, school staff and the support from the department of education.
CPLAN is the only organization led by parents of color using lived experience to work across sectors. The work CPLAN does with Black, Indigenous and people of color helps them recognize and use their power, build relationships, develop public speaking and presentation skills to understand larger systems’ policies, practices, and budgets.
CPLAN will be holding a virtual event sharing the Evolution of CPLAN and its leaders. At this event CPLAN leaders will share their journey of educational advocacy to inspire, encourage and empower other parents and caregivers to take leadership roles in education advocacy.
Our Response to COVID-19
CPLAN is dedicated to enriching the lives of community members in underserved, communities of color. As a response to COVID-19, we worked extra hard in order to meet the essential needs of families. We believe in a whole-child educational experience. In order for our children to achieve self-actualization we must first ensure we meet their psychological, social, health and safety needs.
As a response to COVID-19 where families are experiencing housing, financial and food insecurities we have bridged the gap between families and resources available to them for food access, financial assistance, mental health hotlines and educational support. There are a variety of resources available for families, and we’re happy to have centralized them by category for your convenience. We hope that you find them helpful!
The CPLAN Bodega Project was established to provide access to culturally responsive food to Boston & Brockton's diverse communities while also supporting small local businesses. The fund offered over 400+ residents in need of food assistance with a food voucher from a local participating Bodega (grocery store) in their neighborhood. Selected families received a CPLAN food voucher to purchase food and/or other essential items such as diapers, feminine hygiene products, medicine, etc.
This fund allowed families to shop with dignity in a local, familiar grocery store for fresh foods to prepare full meals.