Certificate Programs

Parent Leader Certificate Requirements

  • Parents will become more active and effective members of the School Governance Council, Parent Organization or community and learn different strategies on how to reach out to other parents.
  • Must attend 10 classes between September and June within the same year
  • Must commit to actively participating in either the School Governance Council, Parent Organization at your school or any community committee/task force

Parent Advocate Certificate Requirements

Parents will increase their skills to advocate for students with special needs and work with families and school staff to create and develop plans that meets the student needs.

  • Must attend 10 classes between September and June within the same year
  • Must be a parent of a student with special needs
  • Must commit to providing support for families of students with special needs after graduating

Parent Trainer Certificate Requirements

  • Must acquire a Parent Leader or Parent Advocate certificate
  • Must complete the Parent Trainer Certificate program
  • Must commit to leading at least 3 classes per year after graduating
  • Parent trainers will receive a stipend for each class they lead contingent on funding

Connector to other Community Organizations/Family Learning Opportunities

Hartford Parent University serves as a “one stop center” for parents to be aware of other existing/new programs being offered in the community that provides parents family learning opportunities.   A schedule of offered programs throughout the community will be provided to parents during learning sessions and monthly classes.  Any organization that would like to participate, please contact us for more information.

HPU Facilitators

Deborah Bigelow
Drupatti Phulbas
Lois Barber
Ana Soto
Jane Russell
Damaris Acevedo
Marie Rodriguez
Daniel Perez
Precious Ross Ellis
Cauleen Bennett
Ingrid Roche
Milly Soto
Ivette Diana
Milagros Vega

Julio Flores

Sheila Resse 

Tynima Toney

Lashawn Robinson

Beayankey Pinckney Naraine

Tuwana Smith

Darlene Cooper


Latroya Blue

Rodney Morton

Ronald Martin

Tracey Casey

Lucy Smith

Richard Affaawa

Sheila Resse 


Say “Yes” to Student Success!




HPU Learning Session


"Student Centered Learning"




January 20, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


University High

Sciene & Engineering


351 Mark Twain Drive

Hartford, CT 06112


Food, childcare and transportation will be provided


Register Here