Parent Leadership and Skill Building

The greater mission of the Collaboration for Early Childhood is to improve outcomes for children under five years of age. This includes a strong focus on the capacity of families to be advocates for their children and be strong voices in the community for needs within early childhood. 

We accomplish this by building the capacity of local organizations and parents to lead these efforts. Below, review a few of the programs we support.  

Parent Leadership Training: Partnering with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), the Parent Leadership Training program is a 7-week training that coaches parents to become leaders in their own community, exchange wisdom, and share their expertise.   

The Chicago Parent ProgramFor parenting strategies and skill-building, parents and caregivers can participate in the Chicago Parent Program. Led by community partners, over the course of 12 weeks, parents and caregivers gain parenting confidence while also meeting and learning from other parents and caregivers raising young children in the community.  

Welcome to FatherhoodWelcome to Fatherhood Inc. hosts a series of facilitated discussions for fathers and caregivers with children ages five and younger. Through these gatherings, fathers can gain the skills necessary to better impact themselves and their families. This work is funded in part by the Grand Victoria Foundation. 


For families that require additional support, the Collaboration, in partnership with home visiting programs and the Village of Oak Park’s Public Health Nurse, work together to make sure families can get connected to a program through a single point of entry.   


To learn more about any of these programs, email To learn more about monthly parenting workshops and the programming hosted by our Community Ambassadors and Families First | La Familia Primero, visit the Parenting Resource Program page


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