Why Parenting Education

“Parent education strengthens families by providing relevant, effective education and support and encouraging an optimal environment for the healthy growth and development of parents/caregivers and children.” - National Parenting Education Network (1)

Parents raise children in a different world from that of 50 years ago. As the National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy notes (Zepeda, Varela and Morales, 2004), many people become parents at an older age; there are more families with both parents working outside the home; and there are more single-parent families. And, new technology presents all kinds of new opportunities and challenges.

In addition, many people do not want to parent in the same way that their mothers and fathers did. They want to develop a parenting style that is consistent with their current beliefs and values. New times demand new ways of learning parenting skills and using them.

Today, all parents find themselves in situations where they wonder what to do and where to turn for answers. Parenting education provides a roadmap and guidance through all the years of the parenting journey.


(1) Anne Samuelson, “Best practices for parent education and support programs,” What Works: Wisconsin Research to Practice Series 10 (Madison: University of  Wisconsin–Madison/Extension, 2010).

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