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Parenting Education

Parenting education strengthens families by providing relevant information and educational opportunities to parents to assist them in making decisions that are in the best interest of their children. NIFA supports parenting education efforts throughout the nation, and partners with the Cooperative Extension Service at the land-grant universities.

  • The National Extension Parent Education Model is a compilation of priority parent practices and supporting material to be used as a basis for parent educators. This education model is based on work supported by NIFA and the Cooperative Extension Service, Kansas State University , under special project number 92-EXCA-2-0182. The model can also be used to communicate priorities to those outside of extension who might be unfamiliar with its goals and programs. Resources listed in the Curriculum Guide section are examples of more specific parent education programs that are consistent with the model. The project was funded from the Plight of Young Children and Youth at Risk national extension initiatives, supported by extension home economics and 4-H programs.

  • National Extension Parenting Educators' Framework (NEPEF) was created through a cooperative effort of NIFA and extension faculty from several universities. It extends the National Extension Parenting Education Model of priority practices learned by parents to include priority practices and skills to be learned by parenting educators.

    The NEPEF has two dimensions, each containing six domains of competency. One dimension outlines the content knowledge needed by parenting educators, and the other dimension outlines the processes that parenting educators need in order to work effectively with parents and children.

 

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