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 Affaauwa

Sasha Rosa

Franchesca Roldan

Natalie Langlaise

Natalie Delgado

Mohammed Jamaludeen

Kenny Perry

Daira Morales

Damaris Bolorin

Denise Tillman

Kolsie Wright


Say “Yes” to Student Success!





HPU Learning Session


February 8, 2020



8:30am to 2:30pm


Kinsella Magnet School


65 Van Block Avenue


Hartford, CT 06106


Food, childcare and transportation will be provided