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




Greg David, Healthy Start Fatherhood Coordinator, Recipient of The Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship

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The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is pleased to announce the winner of the Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship to attend the 2019 Zero to Three Conference!  Out of a group of excellent candidates, NPEN’s scholarship review panel selected parenting educator, Greg David who receives full registration at the Zero to Three conference plus a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

The Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) in memory and honor of Wales Brown, who was an integral member of NYSPEP’s Steering Committee and a NYSPEP Credentialed Parenting Educator. Wales was dedicated to helping parents build stronger, healthier connections with their children and 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.

Greg David, the Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship winner, is the Healthy Start Fatherhood Coordinator at The Family Tree, an information, education and counseling center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Greg's dedication as a parenting educator in the areas of fatherhood and serving at-risk families and his desire to enhance his knowledge and skills and bring cutting-edge information back to his community from the conference perfectly align with Wales’ legacy and make him the ideal beneficiary of this award.

Congratulations, Greg!

Become A Credentialed NYSPEP Parenting Educator—Next Application Deadline Set

It’s time to receive recognition for your work with parents! The process of applying for and the awarding of the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential assesses and acknowledges your experience, knowledge and expertise in parenting education giving your work visibility and credibility. You can apply for the Credential regardless of your work setting or job title; it is for all those who support families and facilitate the growth and development of parents through support and education.

The next upcoming deadline for applications is January 31st, 2020.  Credential applicants submit a portfolio documenting their competency learned through education, training, and experience. A volunteer panel of professionals in the field throughout New York State evaluates applicant portfolios in order to establish and grant certification to those professionals who are worthy of the NYSPEP Credential. Just let our Credential Coordinator Jennie Knox know that you’re interested, and she will provide you with the necessary information and guide you through the process. She can be reached at credential@nyspep.org.

NYSPEP Community Café Training of Trainers Series Creates Actionable Steps to Support NYS Children and Families 


On September 10th, 2019 the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) kicked off a series of Community Café Training of Trainers (ToT’s) with the Healthy Moms/ Healthy Babies Coalition of Niagara County in Sanborn, NY. ToT Sessions followed in Clinton County with the Clinton County Parenting Education Coalition and in Tioga County with the Tioga Strong Families Coalition. During morning sessions, participants experienced the community café exploring questions related to supporting children and families in their local communities. Following the discussion of questions, participants began to create lists of actionable steps. In the afternoon sessions, participants were trained in the Community Café Model and had the opportunity to craft questions for their upcoming café series. NYSPEP would like to thank the leadership team at all of our partner agencies for creating an inviting, safe space for participants to engage and explore ideas with community cafés.

Tioga Strong Families Announces October Events 

Tioga Strong Families has several community events coming up in October. Follow this link for more details.

NYSPEP 2018 Progress Report Available Online

Wondering what NYSPEP was up to in 2018? Check out our annual progress report.