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.

Oregon Parenting Educators Conference

Oregon Parenting Education Week is May 22-26, 2017. As a part of the celebration, the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families, the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, and the Oregon Parenting Education Professional Development System will host the annual, one day Parenting Educators Conference for professionals who work with families.

Save the Date

Monday, May 22, 2017

LaSells Stewart and CH2M Hill Alumni Centers
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Registration begins March 20. The cost is $95 if registered by May 8; $115 after May 8. Conference fees include light refreshments and lunch. The conference schedule, list of workshops and registration link will be available when registration opens in March.


We have secured conference rates at a hotel within walking distance for May 21 and May 22. Rooms and rates will be available until May 1, after which the rates will be standard lodging rates for the hotel.

It is the individual or organization’s responsibility to secure reservations and pay for lodging.

Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis, 2500 SW Western Blvd., 541-752-5000
Conference rates are $122.00 for either a single or double room. For more information about the hotel and to secure a reservation at the conference rate, please visit our Hilton Garden Inn event page.

Keynote Speakers

Dena Simmons

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is an activist, educator, and student of life from the Bronx, New York. She serves as the Director of Education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She writes and speaks nationally about social justice pedagogy and creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity. Dena has been profiled in the Huffington Post, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. Photo courtesy Ryan Lash.

Sarah Enos Watamura

Sarah Enos Watamura, Ph.D. is a developmental psychobiologist with a research focus on the stress and buffering processes in families with young children, as well as on efforts to prevent and mitigate the costs of stress exposure on health, development and achievement. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005, and currently directs the Child Health & Development Lab and co-directs the Stress, Early Experiences and Development (SEED) Research Center at the University of Denver. Her work has been funded by ACF and NIH and by a number of national and local foundations.

Questions about the conference?

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.