Parenting Educators

We define a Parenting Educator as a professional who provides guidance, support, and education for individuals in their role as a parent to impact their knowledge, skills, and development leading to improved parent-child interaction and child outcomes.

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Certified Parenting Educators play an important role in helping parents become the first and forever teachers in their children’s lives. The Family Connection provides professional training and job opportunities to Parenting Educators that are passionate about improving the lives of parents and children. Please learn more about this career opportunity below.

2020-21 Parenting Skills Ladder needed from each participant of your class (ENGLISH / SPANISH)

Parenting Educator News


Professional Development:

Training Calendar

Professional development opportunities are available via the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative and Oregon Parenting Educator Network’s training calendar. If you have a training you would like to share just click on the “Submit an Event” button at the bottom of the calendar.

Online Trainings

Reduce Classroom Upset and Resistance with Soothing Sensory Kits.  from Tracy Schiffmann, The Trauma-Informed Classroom LLC

  • Shares the science behind using the sense of smell to calm upset and manage triggered trauma whether teaching in-person or online 

  • Outlines a facilitated activity for in-person and online teaching to help adult learners identify their soothing sensory memory.

  • Provides examples of soothing sensory memories

  • Comes with a no-cost downloadable 3-page Soothing Sensory Kits Checklist with step-by-step instructions and URLs for sourcing materials for the kits.

Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work 
This self-paced course that can be audited for FREE! Time commitment is about 1-2 hours per week for about 4 weeks. The course instructors are expert faculty from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D. They are the creators of the popular course, The Science of Happiness. 

Cox Campus  
Free training modules with certificates of completion on literacy and other early childhood education topics. If you would like to use their videos for teaching or training purposes, please follow their guidelines for use at

Essentials of Parenting Education Professional Practice
In this free online course, students will learn the foundations of professional practice for parenting educators through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings in a series of seven modules.

I-LABS Training Modules
Each module in the library takes an in-depth look at a unique topic in the science of child development. For parents and early childhood educators, available in several languages. 

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Online Training Modules
Introduction to TIC Online Training Modules includes four self-paced modules covering the basics of trauma informed care. Each module includes an additional Voices from the Community video that highlights how trauma informed care is being implemented in a specific communities. 

Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals
The Institute offers Family Support Professionals the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their careers. Through engaging, online modules and a personalized learning map feature, professionals take charge of their growth and advancement. These free resources are designed for the National Family Support Professionals competencies but also align with parenting education core areas of the OPEC Recognition System.

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds
The Alliance offers a series of free online training courses to support implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings. Click the link and scroll down the page to “online training”.


NEW! Resources for parents during COVID-19 quarantine compiled by Shauna Tominey, an assistant professor of practice at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Gender Roles in Family  from Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences – Gender roles shape nearly all of our social interactions, so what does this mean for families? 

Reach Out Oregon Regional families with children experiencing mental, emotional or behavioral health challenges will gain access to a support team of families and friends and a community network where questions are answered, resources are shared, and needs are understood.

Researchers Baldwin, Measelle, Pfeifer and Caouette Examine Youth and Teen Behavior  —  University of Oregon faculty members are making important inroads in our understanding of the growing brain. They’re examining critical stages for babies and adolescents and advising caregivers on how to nurture young minds for healthy development.

Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University) Resource Library
See infographics, videos, briefs and more related to positive parenting, brain-building through “serve and return” interactions, and strategies for promoting resilience.

Center for Parent & Teen Communication
Articles and resources focused on positive relationships between parents and their adolescents, including growth and development, communication, building character, and health & prevention.

Strategies for Implementing the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework:
This resource can help build and strengthen your partnership with Head Start programs. The framework is helpful in identifying shared goals and building a shared language for how to work closely with Head Start partners to support parenting education efforts – from leveraging shared professional development opportunities in evidence-based curricula to delivering parenting education programs. 

The OPEC Parenting Together Newsletter is a monthly newsletter full of information and resources for parents available in English and Español. The archive of issues can be found here.

The Ford Family Foundation has just released Foundations of Facilitation, a FREE and incredibly valuable presenter resource on their website. You can now download your own copy to keep, study, and use as a refresher before teaching your next Parenting Education series!

NEW! Spanish Translation for Ford Family Foundations of Facilitation curriculum 

NEW! Trauma Stewardship An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others — this book is available for free from TFFF Select Book Program!

Resources and Strategies to Support Children with Disabilities and Their Families During COVID-19
COVID-19 has deeply impacted early childhood programs, children and families, and their communities. This resource, jointly created by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), the Office of Head Start (OHS), and the OHS TA National Centers may be helpful. It provides guidance and resources to help leaders, services providers, teachers, support staff, children, and families during with re-opening and continuity of services.

Early Learning Network – Closing Opportunity Gaps
Early Learning Network researchers have identified four important factors, each with a set of actions, that may help eliminate or reduce early opportunity gaps based on race and income.

Getting Started: A Guide for Parenting Educators – Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Going Online: Positive Strategies for Supporting Virtual Parenting Education – Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative 

Trauma Informed Care: Considerations for Remote Delivery of Parenting Education Programming – Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative 

Anti-Racist Resources from Greater Good — Greater Good Magazine

Why become a Parenting Educator for The Family Connection?

  • Independent Contractor position/contract.
  • Work 4 hours per week for 7 or 12 sessions. This includes prep time.
  • Work for an organization that makes a positive difference in families’ lives.

The Family Connection will support you in this endeavor!

  • Scholarships available to be trained in certified Parenting Education Curricula
  • We will advertise the parenting program (class sizes are 10-15 adults).
  • We will coordinate and manage the implementation of the program (curricula fidelity, child care, meals, attendance gifts, etc.)
  • We will be available to you for troubleshooting for the entire series.

What we’ll expect from you:

  • A meeting to discuss implementation and responsibilities.
  • An interactive group experience at each Parenting Class.
  • Be flexible in picking up meals for your classes.
  • Be personable and friendly towards parents.
  • Set out a resource table for parents and connect families to community resources.
  • Gather data for us about your class for us to present to our funders.

For more information, contact: