OPEC is a partnership between four of Oregon’s largest foundations (The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and The Collins Foundation) and Oregon State University (OSU). In addition to funding, OPEC supports grantees through evaluation, technical assistance, and professional development led by OSU.
- Delivery of high-quality parenting education programs
- Coordinated efforts to strengthen regional parenting education systems
- Developing and strengthening collaborative regional parenting education Hubs
Why Parenting Education?
The initiative’s partners believe that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, and that investments in strong parenting are a critical strategy for ensuring that all children are ready to learn.
History of OPEC
In July 2010, the OPEC initiative launched six new regional parenting Hubs serving 12 counties. Since then, an expansion of OPEC increased the number of parenting education Hubs to 15, serving 32 Oregon counties and Siskiyou County, CA. OPEC Hubs collaborate with community partners to build an infrastructure for parenting education and lead regional efforts to:
- Develop strategic plans for meeting parenting education needs in their regions
- Coordinate and promote parenting education opportunities
- Foster the normalization of participation in parenting education
- Expand access to evidence-based and high quality programming for the universal audience of families with children ages 0-6
- Advance the use of best practices for program implementation
- Evaluate common outcomes for participating parents
In addition, OPEC has supported parenting education programs in areas not covered by a Hub through funding for small grants to provide evidence-based classes and home visiting for specific groups of parents. To date, 28 small grants have been awarded.