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



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NYSPEP Webinar Open for Registration: Adult Learning--Making Meaning with Others

Jane Taylor, Advisor and Learning Designer, who has advised over 100 collaboratives for both adult and pediatric populations and has worked with many states on reducing infant mortality, maternal health, medical home, primary and specialty care, reducing readmissions; to name a few. She focuses on building quality improvement capability and improving healthcare around the world. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 15th, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



In fall 2021, three parenting educators were awarded Credentialed Parenting Educator. We are proud to welcome them to the list of Credentialed Parenting Educators serving New York State. These three and the counties they serve are:

Fabiola Santos-Gaerlan – Kings

Monica Gopaul – Queens & Brooklyn

Maritza Fred - Kings

The next due date for credential applications is January 31, 2022. NYSPEP does have partial scholarships available to help cover the application fee. Interested applicants can schedule an online appointment for assistance with the application process. For information on how to apply or to schedule an appointment, contact Credential@nyspep.org

Training Institute Resources Available on Website

Even those of us who know and love the Strengthening Families protective factors need fresh ideas sometimes for how to integrate them into our day-to-day work. Cailin O'Connor, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, led the interactive session that looked at small but significant changes to practice in family support and parenting education programs that can help families build protective factors. The discussion also focused on how practitioners can integrate a protective factors approach into their interactions with peers and staff and practice self-care.


Grant Deadline Extended Until January 5, 2022—Community Coalitions Can Still Apply

NYSPEP is accepting applications from local coalitions to strengthen community-based parenting education while engaging parents as well as professionals from multiple disciplines. We are looking for community coalitions that demonstrate leadership, commitment and determination to mobilize a broad movement to strengthen and support all parents’ skills, knowledge, and talents. Up to four coalition sites will be selected to receive a 1-year award to receive training, technical assistance and a $5000 grant to support community specific objectives.


Making Healthful Decisions Conference on Youth Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Growth After 2020

Registration is now open for the 24th Annual Making Healthful Decisions Conference on Youth Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Growth After 2020 for December 7 and 8, 2021. The goal of this conference is to continue to build capacity across sectors to nurture resilience, foster connections that increase protective factors, and support youth mental health, wellbeing, and growth. The conference will be held virtually, and there is no charge to attend.

The program includes a keynote presentation about Community Neuroscience: How Context Shapes Children’s Brains and Why We Should Care by Dr. Marlen Gonzalez, assistant professor of Human Development at the College of Human ecology at Cornell University. There will also be a panel discussion facilitated by Henri Prevost, a 2020 graduate of Warwick Valley High School and second-year college student at Pomona College in CA. The workshops address compassion fatigue, promoting resilience, authentic youth engagement, developing healthy relationships, and more.

Continuing education credits will be available. For more information and registration, please visit www.cceorangecounty.org, email jv426@cornell.edu, or call (845) 344-1234.

Best Toys for Baby

Toys aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days of building blocks and wooden trains; today’s toys actually talk to you and let you respond back. But research is showing that these innovative devices may affect how parents interact with their babies. With the winter holidays fast approaching, check out this video from the Positive Parenting Newsfeed.

 Strengthening Families Webinar: Racism, Anti-Racism, and the Social Ecology

Join us on Thursday, December 9, from 3:00-4:30 ET, to explore how racism permeates the social ecology of children's and families' lives, and what it looks like to implement anti-racist strategies, policies, and practices as individuals, in organizations and communities, and at the societal level. Dr. Charlyn Harper Browne and Cailin O'Connor will share a new infographic from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), drawing from CSSP's anti-racist intersectional frame, and explore how Strengthening Families can be implemented as an anti-racist approach to work with families. Following the presentation, participants will have time in small groups to share their reflections about how to apply these ideas in their lives and their work.

We will also hear about other new resources and opportunities from CSSP and the Children's Trust Fund Alliance.