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Parents Need Resources and Support

NPEN encourages parents to seek information and skills to become more effective parents and family members.

Parenting educators are skilled professionals who partner with parents, families, and communities, law and policymakers, and organizations to optimize family well-being. Parent education programs offer parents the opportunity to gain essential skills and feel a renewed sense of confidence in their parenting goals and strategies. Through discussion of approaches to parenting, educators cover a broad range of parenting topics as well as provide the opportunity to address individual challenges. Parent educators lend the support that bolsters and nurtures the whole family through the lifelong parenting journey.

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Explore these topics to learn more about how parenting education can help parents raise healthy families and find joy in parenting.

What is parenting education and who provides it?

Why everyone can benefit from parenting education.

Tips for choosing a parenting educator, program, or resource.

Where to find a parenting educator, program, or resource.

As a member organization for parenting educators, we hope this Parents section helps you connect to a professional in your area.

Content for the Parents section, was contributed by NPEN members:

  • Meg Akabas, MBA, NYSPEP Certified Parenting Educator
  • Jená Bellezza, Indiana Parenting Institute
  • Michelle Berscheid, Ed.D
  • Harriet Heath, Ph.D
  • Stephanie T. Jones, MS
  • Michele Ostafy
  • Eve Sullivan, Parents Forum
  • Ellen Taner, MA

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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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