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 Education Week is May 21-25, 2018. As a part of the celebration, the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families and the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative will host a one day Parenting Educators Conference with an optional Training Institute the following day for professionals who work with families.


Save the Date


May 21-22, 2018
LaSells Stewart and CH2M HILL Alumni Centers
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

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Keynote speaker

Ross A. Thompson, PhD, is ZERO TO THREE's Board President, and Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Thompson’s expertise focuses on early personality and socio-emotional development in the context of close relationships. His current research focuses on the development of constructive social motivation in the early years, including studies of emotion regulation, prosocial behavior, and conscience development in young children.


Call for Workshop Proposals

We are currently seeking proposals for 90 minute workshops which cover research information, awareness, and practical application strategies that support effective parenting education in the following Parenting Education Core Knowledge Areas (pdf):

  • Core area 1: Human Growth and Development
  • Core area 2: Parent, Child, Family and Community Relationships
  • Core area 3: Parenting Education Professional Practice

Call for Workshop Proposals (pdf) English
Call for Workshop Proposals (pdf) Spanish

Submit your workshop


Call for Poster Proposals

We are inviting graduate students to present and share posters during a 45-minute poster session. Posters may feature original research that enhances knowledge of the field of parenting education and child development or highlights development or evaluation of programs designed to support children or families.

Call for Poster Proposals (pdf)

Submit your poster



Registration begins March 19. The conference and training institute schedule, list of workshops and registration link will be available when registration opens in March.

The registration fee schedule is as follows
May 20 Welcome Reception $10
May 21 Conference $115 if registered by May 7
$135 if registered after May 7
May 22 Training Institute $60-$75 if registered by May 7
$80-$95 if registered after May 7



We have secured a room block at a hotel within walking distance for May 20, May 21, and May 22. A limited number of rooms will be available at the conference rate until April 29.
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 $132.00 + tax 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 opec@oregonstate.edu


Previous Oregon Parenting Education Week content

2017 conference presentation slides are available here.

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.