College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Community Engaged Parent Education

Community Engaged Parent Education is a new approach that sees discussions of the public dimensions of parenting as an essential part of parent education. It recognizes that communities and society affect a family's capacity to raise children and that families are the greatest untapped resource for changing communities and society. Parent educators in Community Engaged Parent Education can play a very important role in partnering with parents to identify and discuss the challenges of societal factors and ways to work together for change.

The Community Engaged Parent Education Project was developed to disseminate Community Engaged Parent Education in Early Childhood Family Education Programs in the Twin Cities and other places in the state of Minnesota. This project was funded by a three year McKnight Foundation grant and supplemented with funds from the General Mills Foundation.

This project has concluded, but you can read more about the project from this article, published in Family Relations, Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies.