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


The New York State Parenting Education Partnership is pleased to announce that we are in the process of joining together with local coalitions to strengthen community-oriented parenting education and support by engaging parents as well as professionals from multiple disciplines.

Please check back soon for updated information about the communities that were chosen and the work that is being done in partnership with those areas!


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NYSPEP eNews March 2018

Seeking Nominations for 2018 NYS What's Great in Our State

As part of the 2018 New York State What's Great in Our State (WGiOS) celebration on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (1:30P-4:30P), the planning committee for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event is seeking nominations to honor an individual, program, school, or organization within New York State that is making a difference in the field of children and youth mental wellness, specifically in areas impacting resilience, wellness, advocacy, treatment, or prevention.

We are asking for your support in sharing the cover letter and nomination form (attached) with the New York State Parenting Education Partnership listserv.

Our theme this year is: “Healthy Minds, Healthy Children and Youth.” We are looking to recognize individuals, programs, organizations or schools whose work illustrates some of the following characteristics:

·       Improved services in their community.

·       Targeted underserved populations for outreach and services.

·       Utilized new or innovative strategies.

·       Been a great resource to the community.

·       Impacted the community’s sense of Mental Wellness and resilience.

·       Has attempted to evaluate or measure the impact of their work.

·       Has established or worked with community partners as part of their work.

For more information or to receive a nomination form, please contact Susan Perkins at susan.perkins@ccf.ny.govNominations are requested by Monday, March 26, 2018, to susan.perkins@ccf.ny.gov

Website Now Available for Effective Black Parenting Program

In the late 1970s, the non-profit Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) created, and began training instructors to deliver, what has become the most widely used parenting program for African Americans, the Effective Black Parenting Program. Over a million African American parents have already been helped in raising happy, healthy and successful children, because they have enrolled in classes that teach the values, ideas and techniques of this national model program.

Now, for the first time, there is a website that is devoted totally to that program and it's many benefits to parents and children. The new website is www.africanamericanparenting.org .

The website details how and why the program was created and indicates all the African American parenting authorities who were involved in its creation.

The website presents never-before available research findings that led to including in the program:

1.    How parents can build a Pyramid of Success for Black Children by modeling and reinforcing positive character traits.

2.    How parents can learn and use Effective Praising, and other techniques of the Modern Black Self-Discipline Approach, to gain the cooperation and respect of their children. This modern approach provides a non-violent alternative to the Traditional Black Discipline Approach where physical punishment is used primarily.

3.    How parents can learn and connect the positive parenting techniques and ideas of the program to relevant African Proverbs such as "When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth" and "A shepherd does not strike his sheep".

The website further provides research findings on how the program improves child-parent relations and decreases child behavior problems. How to bring the program to a community is done by having more instructors trained through professionally-led workshops.

As Dr. Kerby Alvy, the founder and director of the 43-year-old CICC, states, "The existence and use of the Effective Black Parenting Program clearly shows that 'Black Lives Matter'. And further shows that Black parents care enough to learn how to do the best job possible in raising their children."

The next workshop to train instructors is scheduled for the week of March 5-9, 2018 in Merced, CA. For Information about this workshop, Click HERE

Registration Open for the 4th Annual New York Fathering Conference

The 4th Annual New York Fathering Conference -- Learn Everywhere, Every Day -- spotlights the importance of life long learning  for fathers and their families. Speakers and workshops focus on both formal and informal educational settings as well as strategies to enrich, encourage and support opportunities for dads and children to explore the world together. Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, will be the Featured Speaker. And Wales Brown will be presenting a workshop entitled Fathers and Fathering: Portrayal’s in Selected Children’s Picture BooksNortheast Parent & Child Society/Fathers Care Workshop.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) at Westchester County Center198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606.

Click here for more information or to register.

New Resources for Military Families from Sesame Street

Sesame Street for Military Families has released new content! Visit this link to find interactive games, videos, and printable activities for military families to do with their preschool children. Topics include staying healthy together, creating fun and meaningful birthday traditions, encouraging children's self-expression, making changes more comfortable, and so much more!

NYSPEP E-News, February 2018


The New York State Parenting Education Partnership is pleased to announce that we areaccepting applications from local coalitions to strengthen community-oriented parenting education and support by engaging parents as well as professionals from multiple disciplines.

You can join this effort!

We are looking for coalitions in communities that demonstrate that they have the leadership,commitment and determination to mobilize a broad movement to strengthen and support allparents’ skills, knowledge, and talents. Four coalition sites will be selected. Each of the selected coalitions will receive a $5,000 grant to support community identified objectives as well as training and technical assistance to guide their work in strengthening parent education in their communities.

RFA Detailed Information for the Community Coalitions Project 2018


2016-2017 Parenting Education Reports available on the Parenting In Context website

The 2016-2017 Parent Education Reports are available on the Parenting In Context website. Each year we create reports using the CCE parent education data entered into a Statewide Data Reporting System. These reports document statistically significant changes in parenting behavior from pre- and post-survey. Reports are produced at the statewide level, as well as any county and program reports with two or more statistically significant changes in parenting behavior. This year's Statewide Report can be found here.

This year's County reports for Jefferson, Ontario, Orange, Suffolk, and Tompkins county can be found here.

This year's Program Reports for Discipline is Not a Dirty Word, Parenting Skills Workshop Series Program, and Parents Apart can be found here.

If you have any questions about the reports or the data, please contact Julia Chapman at jc2933@cornell.edu.

Tickets Available for Annual Levenback Memorial Event (February 14th)

Each year the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT) honors a local pioneer who has made a difference for young children and their families in New York at the Annual Levenback Memorial Event. NYZTT has selected Dr. Irwin Redlener, President Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Children's Health Fund, as this year's honoree for his lifetime of work on behalf of children.

Dr. Redlener will speak about poverty and its consequences that are keeping so many children from realizing their dreams and fulfilling their potential. He will consider why this matters for our collective future and what we can do now.

Dr. Redlener's talk will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on recent opportunities and threats to providing high-quality health care to young children living in poverty and will address policy recommendations and legislative advocacy efforts that can be taken to help ensure the healthy development of young children in poverty.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 14 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at UJA, 130 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022.

Click here to register.

Thank You from the Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee would like to say thanks to all who helped us make our five Strong Roots events in 2017 successful. The topic of Cultural Humility through the Lens of Protective Factors was well received. We were also able to support five webinars and had the first NYSPEP webinar presented completely in Spanish this year! Special shout out to Nelly Garcia from The Guidance Center of Westchester for doing the Spanish translation of our Strong Roots webinar and presenting it as a webinar.

Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Concerns Webinar Alert (February 16th)

In order to understand and treat the developmental, behavioral, and relationship needs of the child, clinicians and providers must focus on the parent-child relationship. Early childhood mental health intervention requires working with parents and young children together in a way that helps attend the needs of both--together and separately.

Research from early brain development, attachment, and childhood trauma supports the need for clinicians to develop areas of expertise to ensure those working with young children and their families are well-trained to promote optimal mental health and address behavioral health concerns. 

This webinar will focus on skills and competencies providers need when working with parents and young children and strategies for supporting social-emotional development. Attendees will be introduced to the NYS-AIMH Endorsement, a credentialing system that supports and recognizes professionals who apply infant and early childhood mental health principles to their practice. Endorsement is not a license but an overlay that complements one's professional license and/or other credentials.

Click here to register.



Working with Immigrant and Refugee Communities to Support Strong, Healthy Families

Presentation PowerPoint: 2017 MM Presentation PowerPoint.pdf

Resource List: 2017 Member Meeting-Resource List .docx

Case Reference: 2017 Member Meeting-Trump v HI, APSAC amicus, final.pdf

Case Reference: 2017 Member Meeting-9th Cir Op.pdf

Additional Video Resource: "Better Safe Than Sorry" ("Mas Vale Prevenir Que Lamentar"): http://ap-od.org/resources?s=immigration 


Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) - Immigration & Trauma: Before, During & After - http://ctacny.org/training/immigration-trauma-during-after  and in Spanish, Inmigración y Trauma: Antes, Durante y Después http://calendar.ctacny.org/event/?id=398

National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Celebrating World Refugee Day: Understanding Refugee Experiences and Improving Services

Toolkit from Sesame Street Communities:

“Care, Cope, Connect Comforting and Supporting Kids During Community Stress ”  is a  new workshop for from Sesame Street in Communities. This workshop is designed to be used with families in 3 workshops. It includes a 10 page downloadable guide for use with families which includes “more than 20 ways to help kids feel safe and secure and self-care tips for parents and caregivers”.