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Our Vision is that all children will grow up in nurturing families.

Our Mission is to enhance parenting skills, knowledge, and behavior through a strong, statewide network that promotes and improves parenting education.

New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP)

Why NYSPEP? Children aren’t born with instructions. Parenthood doesn’t come with training wheels. It’s easier to raise strong children than fix broken men. Great parents are made, not born.

NYSPEP exists to transform lives and improve children’s futures.

The New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) helps professionals—and the parents and primary caregivers of children whom they serve—obtain the skills, tools and support needed to raise healthy, nurtured children.

“Effective parent education programs have been linked with decreased rates of child abuse and neglect, better physical, cognitive and emotional development in children, increased parental knowledge of child development and parenting skills, improved parent-child communication, reduced youth substance abuse, and more effective parenting monitoring and discipline.”1

NYSPEP promotes quality education for parents through providers’ use of evidence-based practices and promising programs.

“Educator competence is a highly complex variable . . . but is perhaps the important variable of all” responsible for “50 to 80 percent of the quality of the program.”2

NYSPEP provides and publicizes professional development opportunities for professionals who work with parents and families with children. NYSPEP also administers a rigorous peer-driven, statewide Parenting Educator Credential.

NYSPEP is a vibrant network of professionals, providers, parents, and community members engaged in a variety of projects that support parents and families with children.

We hope you'll join NYSPEP and get connected to a true statewide collaborative! 

1. Samuelson, Anne. Review of Best Practices in Parent Education, HDFS 872, Research to Practice Review 2, 11/24/09.

2. Campbell, D. and G. Palm. (2004). Group parent education: Promoting parent learning and support. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.