“The Family Leadership Council has given me a way to advocate for my community within a group of diverse and dedicated parents. It’s been a pleasure and a reaffirming experience to be able to share ideas and see goals come to fruition and the Council gives me a place to do that.” – Adrian

Our Mission

Welcome to the Lane Early Learning Alliance’s (ELA) newly named Family Leadership Council (FLC). We have changed our name from the Parent Advisory Council to the FLC to more accurately represent the intentions of our group. This group was convened amidst the pandemic in August of 2020 to give a safe space for caregivers to connect and navigate the complexities of the pandemic and their children’s education, and to provide feedback on ELA programs. We have been fortunate to have consistent and diverse participation at our FLC meetings. Our goal now is moving towards leadership training for our caregivers. See our meeting notes to read how our council has grown and our plans for the future.

We genuinely want to learn from parents and caregivers about their experiences, their hopes for how our community can do better, and their ideas on how to make that happen. At each meeting we bring topics for parents/caregivers to discuss and pursue actions to improve our early learning system.

Meeting Facilitator

FLC meetings are facilitated by Adriana Medina Garcia, Bilingual Family Engagement Coordinator. She is fluent in Spanish and English and is very passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more about her in a LaneKids newsletter staff spotlight.

Who Should Participate

Our council is currently seeking parents and caregivers of children under the age of 8 to inform key program and policy decisions by the FLC that will affect young children and families in Lane County.

Stipends and Interpretation

We value the time and feedback of participating families. Participants receive a $50 gift card after each meeting as a thank you.  Spanish interpretation is provided during the council meetings.

Meeting Date and Time

Our next meeting will be on September 8, 2022 from 6:00-7:30pm, through a virtual meeting platform (Zoom). The FLC meets 8 times each year (online currently, and in-person in the future).

Join the FLC

Please fill out the interest form here https://forms.gle/Vx8HfcbbEshYCmKb9 if you are interested in joining the FLC.  One of our team members will contact you with further information.

If you have any questions or want more information, please email us at: education@unitedwaylane.org.

Parent Quotes

“Every month I look forward to attending the Family Leadership Council. I love how we can connect with other families and discuss issues about our children and learn about community resources and what is happening in our community.” – Mariela

“I have very much enjoyed participating in the FLC. It has given me a voice in matters concerning my child and the children of Lane County. I have made connections with some incredible parents and learned about so many great resources. I love being able to be involved without sacrificing time with my own child.” – Kathryn Dumas

“While providing support and resources to help navigate today’s world the FLC reminds me that I am not alone with my attempt to parent.” – Denise B.