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NPEN Announces Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship

The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is pleased to announce the Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to one parenting educator covering the fee for the 2019 Zero to Three Conference, October 2-4 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

This is an excellent opportunity for professional development and networking for a frontline parenting educator. The scholarship will cover the full Zero to Three Conference fee with an additional $100 stipend to offset travel and hotel costs. (Any remaining travel and lodging expenses must be covered by the scholarship recipient.)   

More information about Wales Brown and the scholarship can be found here.

The application can be found here.  The application deadline is August 12th and the scholarship will be awarded on September 1st.  

New Webinar Series: Trauma-Informed Care: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Unaccompanied Children (Available in English and Spanish)

Led by the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center in Boston and in collaboration with the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, the NCTSN presents this webinar series designed to cover the impact of trauma on children during their migration journey. Nationally recognized speakers from NCTSN are joined by experts from the Irving Harris Foundation’s Professional Development Network to provide best practices for culturally responsive and trauma-informed provision of services. This series features diverse expertise from the fields of refugee and migrant health, cultural studies, mental health, early childhood development, childhood traumatic stress, trauma-informed systems of care, and secondary traumatic stress.

Webinar 1: Culture, the Migration Journey, Trauma, and Assessment

Webinar 2: Culture, Development, Trauma, and Socio-Cultural Responsive Interventions with Youth Ages 7 and Older


MEMBER PROFILE: Jackie Spencer, Family Development Lead Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County

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Jackie grew up as the youngest of 6 children in Sayre, PA. After taking a variety of courses in Psychology, Sociology, Child Development, Literature and the Arts as a Liberal Arts major at Corning Community College, she decided to pursue a career supporting healthy parent-child relationships. She transferred to the University of Pittsburgh to study Psychology, focusing coursework in relation to development. She found the Family Resource Center as a parent of a toddler, participating and volunteering for a little over a year. That lead her to the decision that she would like to be a part of the FRC Team. She applied for a position as a home visitor and began her career as a Parenting Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County.

Jackie has worked in Parenting Education for 16 years. Her primary goal as a parenting educator is to provide parents with research based information and skills to nurture their children’s development. “Parenting is hard work and our culture has not fully shifted to non-violent parenting beliefs as a whole. I believe that parenting education can reduce the occurrence of unintentional abuse and neglect by providing parents with better tools for managing children’s behavior.”

She also enjoys spending time in her garden growing flowers of all types.


 The Power of Play: How Fun and Games Help Children Thrive

With just about a month left of summer vacation, we thought we would put PLAY front and center with this article about how play helps children thrive. You can find the article here:


Parenting Teens

 Is there a teen in your house? Or in your not too distant future? Check out this article from the National Institutes of Health: