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Paraprofessional Parenting Educator Competencies

Paraprofessional Parenting Educators have practical and concrete knowledge of parenting education services from the parenting and community perspective. They do not have a related higher education degree to prepare them for parenting education. Paraprofessionals develop parenting education competencies (knowledge and skills, beliefs, and values) through a combination of initial training, regular ongoing training, and work experience with reflective supervision. The competencies they acquire are often tailored to their role as a paraprofessional parenting educator and the audiences they serve.

Paraprofessional Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education

This document was developed to identify competencies that are most applicable to paraprofessional parenting educators. This document was adapted from Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education.

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Manual for working with paraprofessional parenting educators
(in development)

Paraprofessional Parenting Educators differ from professionals in preparing for their role with families.  They develop parenting education competencies through a combination of initial training, regular ongoing training, and work experience.  This manual offers guidance and tools for community organizations that utilize paraprofessional parent educators. Topics covered are recruitment, initial training, supervision, and ongoing training.  The contents are applicable for paraprofessionals that work either with groups or with home visitation offering parent support and information. 

Watch for a link to the manual in 2021.

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