Oregon Parenting Education Week


Oregon Parenting Education Week

Of all the things that influence a child’s growth and development, the most critical is reliable, responsive, and sensitive parenting. Effective parenting education programs have been linked with decreased rates of child abuse and neglect, better physical, cognitive and emotional development in children, and increased parental knowledge of child development and parenting skills.

2016 Oregon Parenting Educators Conference

Oregon Parenting Education Week will be May 16 - 20, 2016. As a part of the celebration, the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families and the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative will host the third annual, one day Parenting Educators Conference for professionals who work with families. The conference will be on Monday, May 16th at the LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University.

Help us spread the word about this professional development opportunity by sharing one or both of our official marketing tools with friends and colleagues: the conference poster and save the date postcard.

For your convenience, we have listed below links to frequently requested information:

Registration Fees
Conference Workshops
Discounts and Scholarships
Lodging Options

Date and Location

Monday, May 16th
CH2M Hill Alumni and LaSells Stewart Centers, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Keynote Speaker

ellen galinsky

Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Worker Institute (FWI) will be joining us as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Oregon Parenting Educators Conference. Ellen helped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years. Her more than 100 books and reports include the best-selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask the Children, and the now class The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 300 articles in journals, books, and magazines.

Ellen's keynote presentation will be focused on Mind in the Making (MITM) which has gone beyond a book, becoming a national educational movement. MITM is now a national initiative to share scientifically based research and applicable strategies for promoting life skills in communities across the country. 

Learn more about Ellen and the Families and Work Institute by visiting the FWI website.


Review the conference packet to make your workshop selections. While online registration is now closed, we invite you to register at the conference on the day of the event. 

Registration Fees (includes lunch)

The deadline to receive the early bird discount has passed, however, we invite you to register for the conference at the regular rate of $115.

Conference Workshops

A variety of workshops will be offered for every experience level on topics such as attachment, self-care, dual language learning, social/emotional development, parenting strategies, facilitation skills, professional practice, and more! English to Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be available for select workshops.

Please review the 2016 Conference Packet for a full schedule and list of workshops and their descriptions.

Discounts and Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in discounts and scholarships. Unfortunately, the deadline (May 2nd) has now passed to receive a reduction in this year's conference fee. 

Lodging Options

The below hotels have a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate for May 15th and 16th.

  • Hilton Garden Inn, 2500 SW Western Blvd., 541-286-9821
    Conference rates are $117.00 for either a single or double room. Reservations must be made by April 15th to receive the discounted rate. Refer to "OPEC 2016" when making the reservation. This hotel is located within walking distance from the Alumni Center. For more information about the hotel visit the Corvallis HGI website.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 781 NE Second St., 541-752-0800.
    Conference rates are $105.00 - $115.00 for either a king or double queen (price varies depending on whether the room is located facing the river or road). Reservations must be made by May 1st to receive the discounted rate. Refer to the "OSU Parent Ed Conference" when placing your reservation.
    For more information about the hotel visit www.Holidayinnexpress.com/corvallisor.

Questions about the conference?

Co-Coordinators for the Parenting Education Professional Development System
Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University

Please contact Kim Deck by email (Kim.Deck@oregonstate.edu).

Previous Oregon Parenting Education Week content

Be sure to watch all the video and read all the articles from past years.


The Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families promotes the development and well being of children, youth, and families by generating, translating, and sharing research-based knowledge. The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) supports delivery of high quality parenting education programs and collaborative efforts to strengthen regional parenting education systems. OPEC is a partnership of four of Oregon’s largest foundations (The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, The Meyer Memorial Trust and The Collins Foundation) and Oregon State University.