Parenting means taking primary responsibility for raising and nurturing children.
Parent is intended to include all people who have the primary responsibility for raising and nurturing children.
Families define themselves and vary in culture, language and structure.
People learn parenting skills in many settings and from many sources, both formal and informal.
Families with children of any age can benefit from parenting education, information and supports for healthy parenting and family life.
The skills parents need evolve and change as children grow.
Because patterns in parenting are established early, parenting education is especially valuable for people preparing for parenthood, during the prenatal period and when children are young.
A strong network embraces the many varieties of parenting education programs and provides opportunities for providers to learn from one another and collaboratively promote the value of parenting education.
Use of evidence and evaluation by parenting education programs is key to good practice, leading to improved outcomes for children.
Gather and maintain current information on parenting education programs and resources
Improve the quality of parenting education through providers' use of evidence and evaluation in selecting, developing and implementing programs
Increase participation in parenting education by developing a public understanding of its value and availability
Increase funding and policies that support effective parenting education programs as well as to ensure that high-quality parenting education is accessible and affordable in many forms and places
Encourage and support parenting educators engaging in ongoing professional development to improve their practice