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NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential

New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) is proud to offer a flexible, affordable credential that recognizes the importance of quality support for parents, children, and families in a variety of settings.

Challenges like COVID, gun violence and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are making parenting educators more vital than ever. NYSPEP’s Parenting Educator Credential is a professional recognition for individuals, teams, agencies, or funders who share a commitment to ensuring quality parenting education in New York State.

No test, interview or presentation is required. You work at your own pace, following a framework of core competencies. Applicants submit a portfolio that demonstrates skills and experience in supporting parents.


Learn more about the Parenting Educator Credential.

Are you a parenting educator?

It may not be your job title, but many roles involve parenting education. If you support parents, children and families, this credential is open to you. These include:

  • Childbirth Instructor

  • Childcare Provider

  • Community Health Services

  • Doula

  • Early Intervention Specialist

  • Head Start Teacher

  • Teacher

  • Home Visitor

  • Parent Partner

  • Pediatrician, Physician Assistant, Nurse, and Health Technician

  • Social Worker

  • Support Group Leader

  • Visiting Nurse


Benefits of the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential

Parenting Educators

  • Advance your career

  • Demonstrate skills and experience to current and future employers and clients

  • Affordable and flexible ($150-$300)

  • Open to all education levels, roles, and work settings

Program Managers

  • Signal to the public and funders a commitment to quality and ROI

  • Get entire team credentialed with affordable, flexible plan

  • Attract new hires and retain star staff with recognition

Private Funders &
Public Agencies

  • Use to assess quality and ROI when evaluating funding requests

  • Prefer or require in RFPs to “raise the bar” and recognize workforce

  • Show support for the increasingly vital role of parenting education to support families


I am a social worker with a focus on building families in communities and a birth doula. The value of this credential process is being able to reflect on the accomplishments, as well as the professional and personal development that takes place. It challenges you to go deeper and write about your learning, experiences and how it is utilized in your daily work.

Judy Wolf, MS (ret.), Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga

Having our staff credentialed recognizes their competence, provides credibility for funders, and validates our program to participants.

Karen Kissinger, New York State Office of Children & Family Services

The NYSPEP credential provides value for funders and parenting educators. Funders know that credentialed parenting educators have expertise to strengthen families, and parenting educators are acknowledged for their skills, including the different pathways they take to gain their expertise.

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