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



How to submit the application:

Download The New York State Parenting Education Partnership Application and submit the completed version by email to nyspep@nyspep.org

Questions: If you have questions regarding the application or NYSPEP, please contact Tamaé Memole at (518) 421-1254 or email to: tmemole@preventchildabuseny.org


The New York State Parenting Education Partnership

The New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) is a statewide cross-systems initiative designed to ensure all children grow up in nurturing families, by enhancing parents’* knowledge, skills and behavior. NYSPEP informs and supports close to 1,500 practitioners, program managers, researchers and policymakers to promote, provide and improve high quality parenting education. For more information about NYSPEP, please check out our website!

Parenting education is a core component of a comprehensive strategy to strengthen family and community approaches to healthy child development and help prevent child abuse and neglect. When the rate of indicated reports of child abuse is as high as 47/1000 for children ages 0-17 years in some counties in NYS 2 , the capacity of families to raise healthy children and the cost to the larger community must be considered a public health issue.

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

Additionally, according to a study published in October 2020 of Pediatrics, the official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics 1 , the hardships that families experience related to the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affect both parents’ and children’s mental health. The impact is most significant among ‘vulnerable populations.’ The need to address the well-being of children and their families has never been greater. Communities feel the negative impact of COVID-19 and continue to deal with the challenge of switching from in person to meeting online.

(*NYSPEP defines parents as adults who are the primary custodial caregiver of children.)

You can join this effort!

NYSPEP is accepting applications from local coalitions to strengthen community-based parenting education while engaging parents as well as professionals from multiple disciplines. We are looking for community coalitions that demonstrate leadership, commitment and determination to mobilize a broad movement to strengthen and support all parents’ skills, knowledge, and talents. Up to four coalition sites will be selected to receive a 1-year award to receive training, technical assistance and a $5000 grant to support community specific objectives.

Community Coalition Project Goals:
1. Develop a concentrated, coordinated effort across New York State to strengthen the knowledge, skills and talents of all parents, to support healthy child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.
2. Raise community commitment to promote safe, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families.
3. Establish community norms that support universal and quality parenting education. NYSPEP is promoting programs that emphasize justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
4. Support Parenting Educators to develop skills and strategies to provide effective, evidence-based, and research informed programming.
5. Engage families as the foundation for community coalition efforts to identify and create parenting education opportunities that address their needs.

Eligible Applicants

Community coalitions that are working to enhance parenting skills and practice and are exploring or using the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework 3 are encouraged to apply. NYSPEP is interested in coalitions that are multi-disciplinary and include parents and/or family representation. It is expected that a minimum of two
Parenting Educators and at least two parents will be involved as active members in the coalition.

The lead applicant must be a Not-for-Profit organization. The coalition can include a wide range of partners, such as, but not limited to: Community Action Agencies, Child Care Resource & Referral agencies and child care providers, libraries, school districts, Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations, health providers, county level services, and representatives from faith-based organizations.

Applicants are encouraged to use strength-based approaches that focus on promotion and prevention services which strengthen families, rather than on crisis intervention and treatment services.

Selection Criteria:

NYSPEP is seeking community coalition applicants that exhibit the following:
Evidence that the coalition is inclusive and represents the population being served.
Coalitions must identify their partners; describe their history of working together as a
coalition; efforts to engage multiple community partners; and the use of “shared
decision making” (meaning a process of partnership of shared views and actions
towards shared goals).
Commitment to quality parenting education as demonstrated by:
- Implementing a strategy consistent with the Protective Factors Framework to promote public understanding and professional development.
- Enhancing the social-emotional development of children and families and the primary prevention of child abuse.
- Improving and strengthening opportunities for parenting education (these efforts may address ages birth to 17 years).
- Using proven strategies that identify and integrate existing resources to strengthen the skills, knowledge and talents of all parents.
- Promoting community’s readiness to support families (building coalitions for safe, stable, nurturing communities).
Efforts to and/or success in the support of family involvement as the foundation for quality parent education by incorporating parent voice in education, health, and social systems. Coalitions must identify at least two parents (in parent role) who will be included as engaged members of the collaboration.
Commitment to the professional development of parenting educators as demonstrated by support of training for parenting educators, use of credentialed parenting educators, use of evidenced-based and/or research-informed parenting education models and practices, and involvement of at least two parenting educators
as active members of the coalition.


Grant activities are intended to support and extend NYSPEP’s goals across the state. To that end, each selected Coalition is expected to meet the following deliverables:

I. Professional development – Host a Protective Factors Framework overview, offer a regional Strong Roots one-day workshop and attend the NYSPEP Annual Training Institute.
• Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework: The five protective factors at the foundation of Strengthening Families are characteristics that have been shown to make positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families, and to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. NYSPEP will provide an overview of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework to community coalitions members through a two-hour orientation to the Framework.
• Strong Roots training day: This one-day training event should emphasize a topic to strengthen parenting educators’ practice and offer a range of evidence- based, research-informed parenting approaches. This event should align with
and support Parenting Educators’ ability to meet the Parenting Educator Credential competencies and planned with support from NYSPEP.
• Annual Training Institute: Designed to promote research-to-practice and emerging issues for parenting education practitioners, this one-day event is organized by the NYSPEP leadership with input from the leads of the community coalitions to engage parenting educators, parent partners, and leaders of parent organizations. At least one member of the coalition is required to attend the training institute.

II. Parent-partner leadership and community development – Conduct Community Café training and assistance; support parent involvement in coalition meetings and trainings with mileage reimbursement and stipends/incentives for families to attend meetings. Please refer to the following CSSP report here for ideas on parent engagement 4 .
• Community Cafés: The Café process begins with a one-day Orientation session held for parents and community-based organization staff to prepare them to implement the model;
- Community coalition staff will partner with parent leaders to organize Café Conversations (at least 5 in the same community) with parents and other community leaders to discuss shared concerns. This series offive guided conversations will build upon each other to develop community-based solutions. The Community Café model is based on the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework.

- Reports of the café conversations, known as “harvests,” inform community responsiveness and are shared with NYSPEP to influence state led initiatives.

• Support parent participation: NYSPEP encourages parent engagement in Community Coalition meetings and in Community Café Orientation and planning. To support parent engagement, NYSPEP allows funds for parents to alleviate the costs of travel and child care. Funds may also be utilized to support parent co-facilitators stipends. NYSPEP encourages parents to attend Community Café discussions.

III. Administrative activities - Project oversight to strengthen the quality of parenting education with significant input from family and community partners. Administration will contribute by providing leadership in gathering and organizing data about the parent education system; being responsible for grant reporting and fund management to NYSPEP and agree to share NYSPEP resources and training opportunities. Activities include:
 Participate in and contribute to monthly one hour learning collaborative conference call with other Community Coalition communities.
 Assume fiscal responsibility for grant funds and support for parent participation in related activities.
 Share NYSPEP materials and messages regarding Professional Development webinar opportunities, ENews, etc., with community network.
 Select and support representatives, including parents and parenting educators, from the coalition to attend NYSPEP’s Annual Training Institute.
 Provide reports on the work including:
- A proposed action plan developed as a coalition document within the first two months of the project consistent with the goals in the proposal.
- Submit a mid-year and end of year progress report, with financial summary. Specific dates and format will be provided by NYSPEP staff.

Grant Awards:

Each selected Community Coalition will be awarded a grant of $5,000. This grant is intended to support the deliverables listed above and to increase quality parenting education opportunities for parents in high need areas. Parents are expected to be included in designing these community-based programs that offer high quality, responsive parenting education, address barriers to parenting education (such as implicit bias, and quality child care, accessible locations and times) and support the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework. Allowable expenses are detailed below. Proposed budgets will be reviewed by NYSPEP.

Allowable expenses:
a. Initiatives that increase professional development opportunities for parenting educators.
b. Funds to support the one-day Strong Roots event: rent for space, materials, honoraria and travel for speakers.
c. Funds to support hosting Community Cafés, including needed supplies and materials, refreshments, participant costs for travel and childcare, and stipends for parents to act as co-facilitators.
d. Up to fifteen percent of funds (or $750) may be used to offset administrative activities.

NYSPEP Partnership Activities

In addition to the outlined deliverables, NYSPEP requests that each Community Coalition participate in and promote the following NYSPEP activities:

Professional Development Webinars: These training opportunities offered by NYSPEP are consistent with best practices, the NYS Parenting Educator Credential, and incorporate input from Parenting Educators and community coalitions.
NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential: The work to strengthen and promote the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential will remain the responsibility of the NYSPEP Credential Work Group and the NYSPEP Leadership. Community Coalitions will disseminate information about the Parenting Educator Credential and encourage parenting educators to seek the
NYSPEP.ORG website, monthly eNews, and NYSPEP FACEBOOK PAGE- add link: NYSPEP promotes best practices and programs and provides current resource information for parent educators and other service providers through the NYSPEP website, that includes an event calendar, and publication of the monthly NYSPEP eNews. These features make communication with parenting educators easier to maintain and promote. Community Coalitions are encouraged to contribute to and disseminate the eNews to their partners and mailing lists.
Searchable database for Parenting Programs:  This resource of over 4500 programs is searchable by county location, type of parenting education/support sought. Coalition members will be asked to provide information to be included
in the searchable database. This information will be used to update the searchable database located on the NYSPEP website. In addition, Community Coalitions will promote use of the database in their communities.
Promote quality parenting education resources:
 Share The New Parent Guide: Starting Life Together, and the companion website www.nysparentguide.org. Both resources for expectant and new parents, will be promoted to the Community Team.
 Disseminate other materials and messages from NYSPEP and NYSPEP website.

Application Deadline: January 5, 2022

How to submit the application:

The New York State Parenting Education Partnership Application is accepted via Word Document. Please type in your responses to the questions and email the application to NYSPEP by email to nyspep@nyspep.org

Questions: If you have questions regarding the application or NYSPEP, please contact Tamaé Memole at (518) 421-1254 or email to: tmemole@preventchildabuseny.org




NYSPEP Announces 2018-2019 Mini-Grant Award Recipients 

NYSPEP is excited is to announce notifications have gone out to the 2018-2019 Mini-Grant Recipients! Special thanks to the NYSPEP Mini-Grant Review Committee and all those across New York State who applied. This year our review committee has decided to fund four Community Coalitions:

Orange County Parenting Coalition 

Kids On Track Steuben County 

Staten Island Perinatal Network

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County

We are excited to see the impact these programs will make!

For more information on future grant funding opportunities, please consider subscribing to our NYSPEP E-news!

2018-2019 NYSPEP RFA Process Announced 

Calling all interested coalitions! The New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) is proud to announce the release of our 2019-2020 Community Coalition Application. NYSPEP will be awarding four mini grants to community coalitions throughout New York State. All interested parties, please read through the application materials below and complete the application by COB January 18th, 2019 at 4pm. 

NYSPEP Community Application 2018-2019

NYSPEP 2018-2019 RFA

NYSPEP Announces 2017-2018 Mini-Grant Award Recipients 

NYSPEP is excited is to announce notifications have gone out to the 2017-2018 Mini-Grant Recipients! Special thanks to the NYSPEP Mini-Grant Review Committee and all those across New York State who applied. This year our review committee has decided to fund five proposals:

Ulster County Department of Social Services: Children's Services for "Celebrating Families" Program. 

Research Foundation for SUNY: Binghamton University for Parent Cafes.

Neighborhood Transformation Center: FLIP IT and Parenting with Heart Programs.

Association to Benefit Children for Positive Solutions: Families program.

S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc.: Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families and Communities Program. 

We are excited to see the impact these programs will make!

Outcomes from the 2016-2017 Mini-Grant Awardees

NYSPEP was pleased to receive the final reports from our 2016-2017 Mini-grant awardees. The awardees described positive results from the programming that NYSPEP funding supported including: The grants offered an opportunity to reach out to new and diverse populations. Parents had a positive response to the parenting education classes. The grants provided opportunities to form unique collaborations with other agencies in their communities. In addition, they report there now is opportunity to build on the work that has been started through the mini-grants.

The five awardees provided parent education to 97 parents. Parents involved in the Parenting Classes reported they had:

· New parenting skills,

· An increased sense of confidence in their parenting skills and ability to handle situations with their children,

· An increased sense of connection with other parents and that it was helpful and validating to be with parents experiencing the same challenges;

· An increase in positive interaction with their children.

“I have gained a better knowledge of how to be a better parent to all of my children and how to handle every common scenario.”

“Now having completed the class, I have learned so much about myself and my children. These classes have given me the proper tools and skills to be a better parent.”

NYSPEP thanks each of the awardees listed below who have been our partners in working to support parents and provide quality parenting education.

2016-2017 awardees:

· The Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of Prevention Support Partners of Oswego County - Circle of Security Parenting

· EAC Network Long Island Parenting Institute - Common Sense Parenting

· Capital District Child Care Council - Parent Cafe: Build Your Bounce and Your Journey Together

· Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University - Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C): Parent Group Intervention

· Rochester Childfirst Network - Teaching Pyramid: Positive Solutions for Families