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NPEN: Supporting Parenting Educators

Our Vision
The vision of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is that all parents/families will have the information, resources and support needed to provide a nurturing relationship and an optimal environment that will encourage their children’s healthy growth and development.

Our Mission
The National Parenting Education Network is committed to advancing the field of parenting education, through:

  1. information sharing,
  2. professional development,
  3. networking, 
  4. leadership & advocacy.

Parenting Educators’ Learning Café

Do you want to learn more about how to support families as a parenting education professional? NPEN’s webinar series, the Parenting Educators’ Learning Café, is free to members and topics are generated by members and unique to parenting education. Learn and connect with other professionals in the field.

Parenting Education Matters Campaign

NPEN’s Parenting Education Matters campaign promotes and normalizes parenting education for the general public. When parenting education is seen as universally valuable caregivers, families, and communities benefit. Parenting professionals support skills and knowledge that lead to well-being. 

What skills do Parenting Educators need?

Do you train or employ parenting educators? Work as a parenting educator? NPEN’s comprehensive Parenting Educator Competencies describes the knowledge, practice skills, attitudes, and dispositions that are foundational to effective practice. Members of NPEN receive FREE access to this invaluable resource.

NPEN's Parenting Education Infographic 

NPEN has created a two-part infographic to be used as a concise, clear way to convey facts (the “what, who, where and why") about parenting education as well as information about NPEN and parenting educator competencies.


Join Us!

NPEN is a national organization that promotes the field of parenting education and encourages information sharing, professional development and networking opportunities for individuals who educate and support parents.


Membership Benefits Include:
• Information Sharing
• Professional Development
• Networking
• Leadership & Advocacy

Why I Belong to NPEN

“[I] was immediately struck by how hard this volunteer organization works to support the needs of not only our immediate membership, but the field of parenting education in general...NPEN is a wonderful place to exchange ideas, disseminate information, ask big questions, and make connections. My involvement with NPEN has been a rich and rewarding opportunity personally and professionally.”

Andrew Garland-Forshee, PhD
Full-time Faculty Member and Department Chair
Family and Human Services Program
Portland Community College (Portland, OR)

“I joined NPEN almost 20 years ago and now Chairing the Professional Preparation and Recognition Committee is a perfect fit for my interests and expertise. I’ve been so blessed and honored to serve with some of the pioneers in our field and feel like diamonds just drip from their mouths each time I attend a committee meeting and hear them speak.” 

Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE
Second-generation parent educator and
award-winning author of a research-based parenting curriculum and book, Parents Toolshop®

©2024 National Parenting Education Network


The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) operates through the lens of equity and justice. We know the importance of social justice (racial, economic, educational, health, housing, employment, criminal, and environmental), diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging within the parenting education field and our organization. We demonstrate our commitment to these realities by ensuring that our membership and leadership roles are open to parenting professionals of all ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, nationalities, genders, and marital statuses.  

Children learn about a just society through the words and actions of their parents, caregivers, and others.  We assert that our anti-racism and anti-oppression parenting education and family advocacy work allows everyone to be heard and supported. Our work includes promoting diverse parenting educators and parenting education in our media, webinars, member communications, leadership opportunities, networking, conferences, trainings, and advocacy. By keeping racial justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging at the forefront, we create an environment within NPEN that supports parenting educators, parents, and caregivers, thereby, encouraging children’s healthy growth and development.

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