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Parent Educators

Professional development of parenting educators is one of the four overarching goals of NPEN.

The focus of this goal is to help parenting education practitioners build their skills and the profession by addressing issues that transcend disciplinary and regional boundaries such as professional identity, ethics, standards and certification, training and accessibility. The NPEN Professional Preparation and Recognition Committee (PPRC) is responsible for providing leadership in examining and addressing these issues. The specific intended outcome of the work of this committee is that NPEN will be the leader in setting professional standards in the field of parenting education.

The work of the PPRC includes the development of competency resource documents for both professional and paraprofessional practitioners, design of a framework to provide information about existing types of professional preparation and recognition available for practitioners, and identification of groups and organizations that provide professional development and networking opportunities for parenting educators within each state. Resources related to these products can be accessed in the “Parenting Educators” menu above.

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