NYSPEP'S mission is to promote and improve parenting education, in order to enhance parenting skills, knowledge and behavior.




***REMINDER: Applications Dedline for the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential is July 31st***


NYSPEP Summer Institute Addresses Implicit Bias

The NYSPEP Annual Member Meeting was held on June 5th, 2019 this year at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, NY. The theme for the day was Building Supportive Relationships While Working Respectfully with Families. Our keynote speaker, Julika von Stackelberg kicked us off with a presentation on working respectfully with all families and discussed our current systems and structures as well as how implicit bias plays a role in all our lives. Julika shared a video created by PBS called "Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism" In the afternoon, we were joined by a panel of four experienced individuals in the field of parenting education. Don Campbell shared his experience working as a fathering specialist in Queens, NY while Priscilla Shorter shared her experience raising her son as a young mother navigating through the healthcare systems. Jackie and Michael Campbell share their experience as facilitators of the Effective Black Parenting Curriculum in Rochester, NY. Our Parent Leader, Kara Georgi continued the conversation with participates through a community cafe discussion. Participates shared their thoughts, ideas and experience and the relevance of the theme for the day through the cafe discussion.  NYSPEP would like to thank our speakers for the day, the planning committee for putting the day together and our participates for their enthusiasm and dedication to parenting education. We hope to see you next year!

Resources from the 2019 Summer Institute are available here.


NPEN Seeks Input for Parenting Education Survey

You can help shape the narrative around parenting education by participating in a survey linked below being conducted by the National Parenting Education Network. NPEN is committed to the promotion of parenting education and seeks to advance the depiction and utilization of skills and the portrayal of parenting and family education professionals in entertainment media. By completing this short survey after viewing a TV show, movie or advertisement, you are helping us collect data that we can use as we pursue working with media professionals.

Our goal is to increase storylines that include family members seeking parenting education information, families using skills acquired from various resources and characters who are professional parenting education providers.  Media exposure will go a long way in the normalization of parenting education and the promotion of a profession often unrecognized by family members, policy makers, legislators, funders, researchers and academia.

To complete this very brief survey, you can draw from something previously viewed, something you are watching now, or when you watch something in the immediate future. Please complete the survey, throughout the month of July, one per media experience, although you are not limited to the number of media occasions you survey.

Please forward this email to all your professional and personal contacts as the more data we collect, the better. We will analyze the date and share the results with the entertainment media professionals.

Simply follow the link, https://forms.gle/aMofMqP4Kk9SkBKt9, complete the survey, and hit submit. This is anonymously submitted so we will not be getting back to you about our results. We will, however, compile data and post it on the www.NPEN.org website as soon as possible.


FREE TRAINING ALERT: DC:0-5 Diagnostic System Comprehensive Training Offered 

DC:0-5 is a research and clinically-informed multi-axial diagnostic system that provides a comprehensive guide to the clinical disorders found in young children. New York State plans to make DC:0-5 the recommended diagnostic tool for all children birth to age 5.

This comprehensive training is specifically designed for participants who are directly involved in the developmental and mental health evaluation and diagnosis of children birth to five years of age. 

This training provides history and background around the need for and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, as well as approaches to diagnosis from an Infant Mental Health perspective which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent.

Participants will learn about the multi-axial classification system and gain an understanding of each: Axis I Clinical Disorders, Axis II Relational Context, Axis III Physical Health Conditions and Considerations, Axis IV Psychosocial Stressors, and Axis V Developmental Competence

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in Community of Practice calls following the training for support on use of DC:0-5™ in their practice.   

Participation in this training is free of charge and participants will receive a complimentary DC:0-5 manual. 

This training will offer 11 CE contact hours for licensed social workers and LMHCs through the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Participants must attend both days to receive full credit. Attendees will be able to access certificates online following the training.

Register early since capacity is limited.  Additional trainings will be offered based on demand in each location.     

Please register below (All Trainings are 1.5 days (9am-5pm on Day 1 & 9am-1pm on Day 2):  

Buffalo Niagara Marriott 
1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst NY, 14221          
July 11 & 12    
Register Here             

Long Island 
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Road Melville, NY 11747    
July 25 & 26    
Register Here          

Location: TBD
September 12 & 13
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In collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY, 14850 
September 26 & 27    
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Doubletree by Hilton
455 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 
September 26 & 27    
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Hyatt Regency Rochester
125 East Main Street,  Rochester, NY 14604     
Sept 30, October 1     
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Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 14604      
October 2, 3             
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Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 
October 7 & 8
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Holiday Inn Plattsburgh
406 New York 3, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
October 17 & 18     
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November 6 & 7        
Century House, 997 New Loudon RD.,  Latham NY 12110
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Member Spotlight: Connie Desmarais


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Connie Desmarais received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling from Pepperdine University. Connie has been working in the human services field for over 25 years with the majority of her career being in early childhood and home visiting programs. Connie’s passion for serving young children and families can be traced back to her high school and college years where she spent significant time working as a babysitter, camp counselor and day care teacher.

When she’s not conducting outreach and encouraging partners in the Western New York area to look at the possibility of implementing developmental screening into their work, Connie is a mother/stepmother to six children, grandmother of two, and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing with her family and her dogs.

Currently she helps to educate community partners such as pediatric offices, school systems, community based organizations, and parents on the topic of developmental milestones and how they can best support each child in the achievement of these milestones through her work at Help Me Grow. They offer free developmental screening tools to families and partners as well as providing follow-up on the results of the screenings along with any additional resources the family may need to help support them in their parenting. She was also the Program Manager for Healthy Families Niagara for 14 years.


Thank You for Your Service Gail!!!

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NYSPEP would like to congratulate our Steering Committee member Gail Volk (State Education Department) on her retirement. NYSPEP would like to thank Gail for her dedication to parenting education and her involvement in the Committees and workgroup.