Parenting Educator Core Knowledge & Skills

Interested in learning about our ongoing work to support Parenting Educators in the state of Oregon? You have come to the right place! In 2011, through a variety of forums, surveys, and focus groups, it was determined that professional development specifically for Parenting Educators was a need in Oregon. Through the generous financial support of a private donor and The Ford Family Foundation, OSU hired faculty to focus on creating a parenting education professional development system for the state.


The Core Knowledge and Skills for Oregon Parenting Educators (2016) outlines three CORE AREAs and serves as a guide for best practice and preparation for professionals in the field of Parenting Education. Each CORE AREA provides a framework of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are foundational to effective professional practice for Parenting Educators. The Core Knowledge and Skills for Oregon Parenting Educators can be used as a guide for self-assessment of knowledge and skills and as a resource for creating professional development plans and developing quality trainings. Core Knowledge and Skills for Oregon Parenting Educators was developed to:

  • Support professional development for Parenting Educators
  • Encourage high standards that support and inform quality training
  • Ensure high quality parenting education programs

Many individuals gave their time, energy, and expertise during the field review of the Oregon Parenting Education Professional Development Core Knowledge and Skills, as well as the Recognition System. We would specifically like to thank:

  • Parenting Education Professional Development Steering Committee
  • Oregon Parenting Education Network (OrPEN)
  • Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) Parenting Education Hubs
  • Oregon State University Staff (specifically the project coordination team and lead authors: Kim Deck, Angela Bodwell & Denise Rennekamp).

Core Knowledge & Skills Outline

CORE AREA 1: Human Growth & Development Content focuses on understanding the positive and negative influences which affect human development and effective practice to promote healthy growth and development of adults and children as individuals and part of a family system.

  • CORE AREA 1A: Child Growth, Development, and Learning
  • CORE AREA 1B: Parenting and Parent Development
  • CORE AREA 1C: Influences on Human Development
  • CORE AREA 1D: Health, Safety, and Social Emotional Well-Being

CORE AREA 2: Parent, Child, Family & Community Relationships Content focuses on the community and cultural influences which affect parenting, parentchild and family relationships, effective parenting strategies that promote positive interactions, and the complexity of diverse family systems.

  • CORE AREA 2A: Relationships: Parent, Child, and the Family System
  • CORE AREA 2B: Strategies for Positive, Effective Parenting
  • CORE AREA 2C: Family Systems: Complexity and Influences
  • CORE AREA 2D: Connections Between Families and Community

CORE AREA 3: Parenting Education Professional Practice Content focuses on culturally responsive, ethical, and reflective professional practice to build partnerships with parents, families, and the community for effective delivery of high quality programs including evidence based and evidence informed parenting education.

  • CORE AREA 3A: Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness
  • CORE AREA 3B: Ethical and Professional Practice
  • CORE AREA 3C: Methodology of Facilitation
  • CORE AREA 3D: Advocacy and Leadership
  • CORE AREA 3E: Assessment and Evaluation