2017 Oregon Parenting Educators Conference

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

Monday, May 22, 2017
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Registration begins March 20


The conference schedule and list of workshops are available in the conference program (pdf).


The cost is $95 if registered by May 8, $115 after May 8.
Conference fees include light refreshments and lunch.

Special rates and scholarships - effective prior to May 8 only.

Student- full time students receive $50 off registration

Group - Groups of 10 or more may receive $10 off each registration.
Please contact OSU Conference Services at 541-737-9300 or conferences@oregonstate.edu

OrPEN - receive $10 off registration; affiliates will receive a code by email

Home Visitors - receive 25% off registration
Sponsored by Maternal Child Health - Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting
Individuals must certify that they work at least part-time each week for a home visiting program in Oregon serving prenatal to five year old children and their families with the primary service delivery method being home visiting.

Keynote Speakers

Dena Simmons

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Dena is an activist, educator and student of life from the Bronx, New York, and 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.
University of Denver

Sarah is a developmental psychobiologist at the University of Denver 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. Her work has been funded by ACF and NIH and by a number of national and local foundations.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, May 21
Hilton Garden Inn Lounge
3:30 - 5 p.m.
No cost

A casual meet-and-greet to connect conference guests with local ambassadors to network and find dinner companions. Complimentary refreshments are provided; alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.


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.

Questions about the conference?

Please contact Kim.Deck@oregonstate.edu

Conference presentation slides will be made available here after the conference

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.