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What is Parenting Education?

Parenting education provides parents additional knowledge and skills to improve their parenting skills. Parents learn how to establish and maintain a close, nurturing, emotional bond with their children and to foster healthy cognitive, physical and social/emotional development in their children, teaching the information and skills that children need to thrive. Parenting education empowers parents' confidence and competence.

Parenting education is taught in many different settings: in-person classes and workshops, online, individual counseling sessions, facilitated groups, home visits, or books/blogs/newsletters/magazines/websites written by qualified professionals.

Who Provides Parenting Education?

Parenting education may be provided by any of the following professional fields:

  • Parenting education
  • Family life education
  • Parent coaching
  • Family life coaching
  • Social work
  • Family science
  • Psychology
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Health care
  • Education 

. . . and other family service and mental health providers.

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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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