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



Self-Awareness and Liberating Infant Mental Health – A reflective conversation about THE TENETS:  Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children, and their Families. 

 Please plan to join us for Breakfast for Babies event on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 from 9am until noon!  Co-sponsored by the New York Zero-to-Three Network and the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health, Megan Smith and Erick Stephens, colleagues in Rochester, NY, will share the journey of their organizations – and their own journeys – with the Tenets. This initiative envisions a workforce in which all individuals, programs, organizations and systems of care embed principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into their work serving infants, children and families.  Members of the co-sponsoring organizations can attend for free; $15 for non-members. Register at:  https://www.nysaimh.org/events/breakfast-for-babies-july-23/

Report Released: Parenting Education in New York State

This past February, NYSPEP brought together professionals from across New York State at the NYSPEP-hosted virtual SUMMIT ON WORKFORCE QUALITY FOR PARENTING EDUCATION to discuss the elevation of parenting education. Attached you will find the Report on that event, which summarizes the presentations and discussion panels and includes recommendations toward improving and expanding parenting education in communities throughout the state.  

Whether you’re leading an administration or on the front lines, anan independent practitioner or a member of a team, we know that you care about strengthening families; this report focuses on the importance of those providing parenting education services, the critical need for a recognition system and next steps to pursue.  Find out how a statewide standard will help assure quality (as it has in other fields), and how the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential is a key component in protecting the public investment in the programs we offer.

We hope you’ll take the time to read the report  — it will make you proud of where we are in the field of parenting education and inspire you to help take the next steps toward excellence. 

Growing Resilience – Summer Self-Care Webinar Series

Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Delaware and Orange County are continuing to offer a free webinar series to support growing resilience individually and as a community. The Summer Self-Care Series will kick off on July 13 focusing on Mindfulness for Stress Reduction. Subsequent webinars will cover Move Your Way A Better Day, Phthalates (7/20), BPA and the Developing Brain (7/27), Free Radical Fighters: Understanding the Importance of Antioxidants (8/3), and Don’t Sleep on Sleep (8/10).

Registration is free but required. Go to http://bit.ly/2021-SSS and register. You will receive ONE link for all five webinars. Teaching Credits are available. For more info please contact Jeanne Darling jmd30@cornell.edu or visit www.ccedelaware.org


NPEN is pleased to announce the Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship to attend Zero to Three's 2021 Virtual Conference Oct. 25-29, 2021. Wales was a valued member of the NYSPEP Steering Committee and community for many years.

The scholarship will be awarded to a front line parenting educator who is seeking professional development, access to the latest research, and connection to others in the field. It will cover the full Zero to Three Conference fee and also includes a one-year membership in NPEN.

This scholarship is awarded by the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) in memory and honor of Wales Brown’s dedication to helping parents, especially fathers, build stronger, healthier connections with their children. Wales developed and implemented collaborative programs focusing on in-home preservation, parent education, fatherhood, and reunification of families with a history of abuse and neglect. His ability to connect with parents and children of varying backgrounds, his immense knowledge, focus and dedication led him to state and national recognition in his field. Being awarded the prestigious ZERO TO THREE Fellowship (Class of 2014-2016) was a shining example of Wales’ accomplishments and his desire to always strive to expand his knowledge and influence as a leader in his profession.

If you are interested in applying, please email info@npen.org. The deadline is September 1st! Please share with your networks.

NYSPEP Welcomes Newly Credentialed Parenting Educators

In May, four parenting educators were awarded Credentialed Parenting Educator.  We are proud to welcome them to the list of 52 Credentialed Parenting Educators serving New York State.  These four and the counties they serve are:

       Paula Goodrich - Schuyler

       Corina Allen - Broome

       Christine Freyvogel - Tioga

       Ebony Darlington - New York City, Bronx, Richmond, and Westchester

The next due date for credential applications is July 31, 2021.  NYSPEP does have partial scholarships available to help cover the application fee.  For information on how to apply, contact Credential@nyspep.org

Parenting with Pride: Resources for Parents of Gender-Diverse, Transgender, and LGBTQ+ Youth

In June, we celebrated Pride Month. Research has shown that LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk for discrimination and bullying which leads to an increase in mental health concerns and suicide attempts. Providing welcoming and supportive environments for these youth is a protective factor. Here are two resources for parents to assist them in supporting their children and youth.

o Healthy Children - Gender-Diverse & Transgender Children 

o Healthy Children - Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBTQ Teens