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Networking

Goal

Connect parenting educators with one another and with information and resources about the field of parenting education.

Objectives

  • Enhance and organize the NPEN website to include a range of resources (meeting NPEN’s established criteria) available to parenting educators and others interested in accessing information about parenting education.
  • Utilize multiple networking avenues, including web-based, print, radio, and other media, to connect with others.
  • Maximize the use and functionality of the listserv and Forum, website, and social media platforms.
  • Create and send a quarterly NPEN newsletter to NPEN members.
  • Use media platforms, including social media, to promote and advance parenting education.

Chair
open

Members
Michael Finlay, Rebecca Parlakian, Kat Willard


Policy and Advocacy

Goal

Broaden NPEN’s leadership role in advocating for recognition of parenting education as a profession and for the awareness of the importance of parenting education for the general public and to make parenting education available, accessible, affordable and attractive for all parents and caregivers.

Objectives

  • Encourage participation in parenting education throughout the family lifespan.
  • Raise awareness among decision makers and the general public about the importance, effectiveness, and scope of parenting education.
  • Develop and implement a media communication plan that encompasses various mediums for advocating in the public for parenting education policies (op-ed pieces, letters to the editor).
  • Advocate on behalf of parenting educators for sustainable funding mechanisms and policies.
  • Develop partnerships with organizations (e.g. state parenting education networks/groups/associations, local/state/national government entities), national systems, and businesses.
  • Develop a ToolKit for members to pursue Licensure of Parenting Educators. 

Chair
Ellen Taner

Members
Meg Akabas, Danielle Aretz, Jená Bellezza, Michelle Berscheid, Michele Ostafy, Celia Wilson, YuJi Jiang


Recruitment

Goal

To implement strategies to increase NPEN membership and facilitate the processes for members to step into leadership positions.

Objectives

  • General Membership: 1) develop and implement a recruitment plan to increase NPEN membership, utilizing marketing strategies and materials; 2) connect with parenting educators, parenting education organizations, program providers, and institutions to solicit membership in NPEN.
  • Leadership: 1) conduct the nomination, application, & onboarding process for new Board members, ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion; 2) establish a slate of officers and conduct the election; 3) through collaboration with other committees, increase committee participation of NPEN members.

Co-Chairs
Mollie Bailey and Carol Nass

Members
Debbie Farr, Margaret Stridick


Competencies

Goal

Establish NPEN as the leader in setting professional standards in the field of parenting education.

Objectives

  • Promote and collect feedback on Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education.

  • Develop competency list for paraprofessional parenting educators and a manual/guidelines for agencies and programs using paraprofessional parenting educators.

  • Update and maintain a matrix of existing professional recognition systems.

  • Create a template for states/organizations to use to develop their own professional recognition system.


Co-Chairs
Betty Cooke and Sandra McClintic

Members

Lorna Durrant, Harriet Heath, YuJi Jiang, Stephanie Jones, Jody Johnston Pawel, Kristine Stanik, Dana McDermott, Judy Wolf


Financial Resource Development

Goal

To establish & manage a sustainable financial model for NPEN over time.

Objectives

  • By finding funding for specific projects/activities, support the work of the NPEN committee.
  • By collaborating with the NPEN committees and members, develop & maintain actions for sufficient positive cash flow to the organization.
  • Provide guidance to NPEN committees and members directed toward increasing financial resources and developing systems to manage those resources.

    Chair
    John Jeffers

    Members
    Michelle Berscheid, Anne Clarkson, Michael Finlay, Debbie Farr, YaeBin Kim


    Professional Development

    Goal

    To support the field of parenting education by offering various types of training and professional development through both standard and creative venues. 

    Objectives

    • To offer diverse training opportunities to members and non-members, providing CEUs when possible;
    • To offer, when appropriate, regional development and learning opportunities;
    • To work collaboratively with parenting professionals, paraprofessionals, students, and family support organizations; and
    • To work collaboratively with other NPEN committees.

    Chair
    Ebonyse Mead

    Members
    Chelsea Hamilton, Holly Arnold, Debbie Farr


    Professional Outreach

    Goal

    To actively seek outward professional relationships and collaboration to create bidirectional benefit.

    Objectives

    • To present an initial introduction of parenting education.
    • To attend & present NPEN at other organizations’ events.
    • To act as a conduit for other committees by funneling organizational representatives to NPEN committees to meet mutual needs.
    • To create partnerships beyond the role of parenting education to enhance work with parents.
    • To work with the Marketing and Networking Committees.



    Chair
    Debbie Farr

    Members
    Danielle Aretz


    Marketing

    Goal

    To communicate to stakeholders what NPEN offers and how we support the field of parenting education.

    Objectives

    • Create strategies for assisting and advertising the work of NPEN committees.
    • Promote NPEN through various avenues to gain volunteers and donors.

    Chair
    Jody Johnston Pawel

    Members
    Ann Magalhaes, Debbie Farr



    Ad-hoc Committees

    Assessing Parenting Education Programs

    Members
    Betty Cooke, Barbara Harvey, Harriet Heath, YuJi Jiang, Jody Johnston Pawel, YaeBin Kim, Lynne Grilley, Dana McDermott, Glen Palm, Ellen Taner, Kristine Stanik, Kat Willard, Celia Wilson

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Racial Justice Statements

    Members

    Holly Arnold, Debbie Farr, Celia Wilson, John Jeffers, Ebonyse Mead

    Parenting Educators Directory

    Members

    Ellen Taner, Michael Finlay, John Jeffers, Debbie Farr, Jody Johnston Pawel

    NPEN Conference

    Members
    John Jeffers, Kat Willard, Marilyn Mays, Ann Magalhaes, Charlene Becker, Neil Tift, Jena Bellezza, Debbie Farr

    Webinar Support

    Members
    Meg Akabas, Harriet Heath, Jody Johnston Pawel, Ann Magalhaes


    Advisory Committee

    Goal

    Recruit, inform, and consult with the Board on issues and history.

    Members
    Meg, Akabas, Anne Clarkson, Betty Cooke, Glen Palm, Stephanie Jones


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    NPEN'S EQUITY AND JUSTICE STATEMENT

    The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) operates through the lens of equity and justice. We know the importance of social justice (racial, economic, educational, health, housing, employment, criminal, and environmental), diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging within the parenting education field and our organization. We demonstrate our commitment to these realities by ensuring that our membership and leadership roles are open to parenting professionals of all ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, nationalities, genders, and marital statuses.  

    Children learn about a just society through the words and actions of their parents, caregivers, and others.  We assert that our anti-racism and anti-oppression parenting education and family advocacy work allows everyone to be heard and supported. Our work includes promoting diverse parenting educators and parenting education in our media, webinars, member communications, leadership opportunities, networking, conferences, trainings, and advocacy. By keeping racial justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging at the forefront, we create an environment within NPEN that supports parenting educators, parents, and caregivers, thereby, encouraging children’s healthy growth and development.


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