Our Principles

  • 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.

 

Our Goals

  • 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