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Parenting Educator Competencies


Members of NPEN’s PPRC have developed documents to describe the competencies related to effective parenting education practice. The first section focuses on competencies and related resources for Professional Parenting Educators. The next section on Paraprofessional Parenting Educators includes documents defining and supporting their work.

Professional Parenting Educator Competencies

The Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education document aims to promote a broad and comprehensive set of competencies which include key knowledge, skills, and attitudes and dispositions typical of effective professional parenting educators. We believe this document will support ongoing efforts that professionalize the field and ultimately bring consensus and greater continuity to this field while honoring the diversity that makes our professional community so rich and valuable.

Paraprofessional Parenting Educator Competencies

Paraprofessionals are those who do not have a related higher education degree to prepare them for parenting education. This section includes:

  • Paraprofessional Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education which is built on the above document to identify key knowledge, skills, beliefs and values most applicable to paraprofessional parenting educators
  • Manual for Working with Paraprofessional Parenting Educators
  • Related documents defining and supporting the work of paraprofessional parenting educators

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