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

NYSPEP E-News Latest Edition (December 2018)


Community Coalition Application Released, Webinar Scheduled

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 and complete the application by COB January 18th, 2019 at 4pm. 

NYSPEP will be hosting a webinar on December 6th, 2018 at 12 PM to go through the application materials and answer any questions about the application process. Please register HERE for the webinar. 

For additional information about NYSPEP, please check out our website at 



Webinar Alert: Toxic Stress in Young Children--What It Looks Like, How We Can Help

NYSPEP'S Professional Development Series continues with "Toxic Stress in Young Children: What It Looks Like, How We Can Help" on Wednesday, December 12. The session is being offered in both English (from 10-11 a.m.) and Spanish (from 2-3 p.m.). Those in attendance will increase knowledge and awareness of social emotional development; improve the early identification for children who are experiencing developmental delays in social emotional development; become familiar with possible indicators of toxic stress in young children; and understand the importance of relationship building with families.

To register for the session in English, follow this link.

To register for the session in Spanish, follow this link.


NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Jennifer Gray


NYSPEP would like to take this opportunity to highlight Jennifer Gray, Community Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County. Thank you Jennifer for your passion and long-standing dedication in parenting education!

Read on to learn more about Jennifer:  

I was raised in Palo Alto, CA. Fun fact: I took guitar lessons from Jerry Garcia in when I was in high school! It was exciting to be around San Francisco and Berkeley in the 60’s but also exhausting. I met my future husband while I was getting a BA in History at Mills College. He had previously worked on developing electronic synthesizers with Bob Moog in Trumansburg, NY, and kept telling me about this beautiful community where we could buy an amazing Victorian House and land for $20K and live in the country raising babies.

So we arrived here in June 1972, (just in time for Hurricane Agnes) and spent the next decade doing just that. I became involved in the home birth community and helped develop the Ithaca Birth Group which offered education and support for pregnancy and parenting until 2007. I developed my facilitator skills and wrote lesson plans. I also apprenticed as a direct entry midwife, which gave me valuable home visiting experience.

In early 2002, I started worked for CCE Tompkins as part of the Parents Count program. We offered parenting education while providing supervision for visitation for non-custodial parents. During this time, I completed my Family Development Credential. That job led to 10 years as the Even Start site supervisor for South Seneca, working with low income/ low literacy parents and their children birth – 8. We offered both home visits and center-based programming in the elementary school, providing education and support in Adult Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Parenting Education and positive Parent/Child Activities. It was an amazing program. I loved that job and evaluations showed that we were making a big difference to our many families. The federal funding for Even Start was eliminated in late 2011. 

I was lucky to return to CCE Tompkins in 2012 and will happily stay here for the rest of my career.

My three children are grown now. All of them have chosen to live in California, where I have 8 grandchildren, including 2-year-old twins. Since I am a genealogist, I can say with certainty that there have not been twins in my family since 1804. 

My beautiful Victorian house outlasted my marriage, and I still love living peacefully in the country near Trumansburg, with visits to my family 2 or 3 times a year.


Successful ToT in Steuben County

On September 14th, NYSPEP brought the Community Café Training of Trainers to Steuben County. In partnership with Kids on Track Steuben, participates were

equipped with knowledge on the Community Café model and how to facilitate Community Cafés in their respective communities. Round table discussions focused on

conversations related to parent engagement and leadership. NYSPEP would like to thank Kara Georgi for facilitating the discussion, as well as the leads of Kids on Track Steuben for their collaboration.




ToT Rolls Into Tompkins County Too

On October 31st, 2018, NYSPEP Steering Committee members attended the Community Café Training of Trainers hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County. In conjunction with the NYSPEP mini grant, CCE Tompkins County is bringing café conversations to Enfield, a rural community in Tompkins County as well as neighboring communities. Attendees of the training experienced a café discussion and had the opportunity to craft questions for future café topics. NYSPEP would like to thank CCE Tompkins County and Jennifer Gray for hosting the training as well as Anna Steinkraus and Elizabeth Wolff for facilitating the training day. We look forward to the parenting education and supports Enfield residents will receive!