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This L. L. Stewart project is focused on designing and implementing a statewide infrastructure for parenting education, bringing together institutions of higher education, agencies, organizations, and parenting educators in order to promote positive parenting practices in Oregon. An inventory of existing parenting education opportunities in Oregon was completed. In collaboration with LBCC, a national Parenting Education Professional Development Forum was convened at OSU in May, 2011. The Forum brought together representatives from other states and the U. K. who have developed core competencies and related credentialing systems for parenting educators. Organizations that provide parenting education in Oregon and who are partially funded by the Ford Family Foundation or the Oregon Community Foundation as well as representatives from Washington attended the Forum. A White Paper of policy recommendations was produced from the Forum. A follow-up day-long meeting is scheduled in Dec., 2011 to begin to coordinate a statewide extended education program that would create a professional development system for parenting educators and link parenting education efforts around the state.
Sally Bowman is a Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. She is the Extension Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development and Family and Community Health. She is the Core Director for Parenting and Family Life in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Sally received the OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement award in 2004 and the OSU Faculty Senate’s D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award in 2009.