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

NYSPEP E-NEWS LATEST EDITION (September 2022)

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STRONG ROOTS SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING DR. BARBARA SORRELS, EdD

Save the Date for this fall’s Strong Roots Speaker Series featuring Dr. Barbara Sorrels, EdD, Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education and author of the award-winning book, Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma. She currently directs a therapeutic preschool program for children with a history of trauma.

Registration opens soon via email. Events will be held in the following locations:

Buffalo, October 3

Binghamton, October 4

Saratoga, October 6

Westchester, October 7

NYSPEP PARENTING EDUCATOR CREDENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Get formal recognition for your knowledge and skills in supporting parents, children, and families.

Resources are available to support applicants for the Parenting Educator Credential. Scholarship funds are available to applicants to cover a portion of the application fee.  In addition, applicants will have the opportunity to work with a mentor who will guide them and offer support throughout the development of their application portfolio. 

The next submission deadline for the parenting educator credential application is January 31, 2023.  In October we will be organizing mentoring groups. Parenting educators meet once or twice a month in a small group to work with a mentor who has successfully completed the credential application process.  Mentoring is free to all applicants.   

Whether you would like to join a group or work on your own, contact Judy Wolf, Acting Credential Coordinator, at credential@nyspep.org, for more information about how to apply for your NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 2022 TOGETHER FOR FAMILIES CONFERENCE

Register today to join the more than 380 participants who have registered to date for the virtual 2022 Together for Families Conference. This unique biennial event connects various stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada in the Family Support and Strengthening Field to focus on best and promising practice for supporting families’ advancement.  Designed for practitioners at the program, systems, and funder levels, the conference will provide valuable opportunities for learning from expert presentations, innovation sharing, peer learning, and networking. Register here.

STRATEGIES TO HELP PARENTS AND FAMILIES CREATE HEALTHY AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS

Parents and families have a powerful role in supporting children’s learning, health, and well-being at home and school. When parents are engaged in their children’s school activities and initiatives, children get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills. Students who have parents involved in their school lives also are more likely to avoid unhealthy behaviors, and they are less likely to be emotionally distressed. Learn more here.

HELPING YOUR YOUNG CHILD FEEL AND UNDERSTAND THEIR FEELINGS

We all know that emotions like love and gratitude are fun and beneficial, but what about emotions like fear, worry, or jealousy? Believe it or not, all our feelings serve a purpose. I say “believe it or not” because maybe, like me, you may have grown up believing that being scared is bad and something to avoid. Fear certainly does feel uncomfortable. But what if you could make friends with fear? The following is an excerpt from the Reader’s Note in the Imagination Press new book Feel Your Feelings. It explains the book’s basic concept and why scary emotions are our friends.