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.


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Oregon Parenting Educators Conference And Training Institute

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



Registration begins March 19.

Check out the registration catalog for the Conference and Training Institute schedule, workshop selection, special rates and scholarship information.

  Discounts are automatically applied during the registration process and are based on eligibility.


The registration fee schedule is as follows
May 20 Welcome Reception
3:30 - 5 p.m.
May 21 Conference
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Up to 6 hours of training hours
$115 if registered by May 7
$135 if registered after May 7
May 22 Training Institute
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Up to 6 hours of training hours
$75 if registered by May 7
$95 if registered after May 7

Parking is available in the Reser Stadium lot. Purchase a Zone C parking permit ($10)




Keynote speaker

Ross A. Thompson is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he directs the Social and Emotional Development Lab. Thompson studies the development of positive social motivation in young children, including prosocial behavior, conscience (moral) development, and emotion understanding. He also writes on the applications of developmental science to practice and policy, including children in poverty, early childhood mental health, and early education.


Scholarship sponsors

Scholarships sponsored by Maternal Child Health - Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting at Oregon Health Authority



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 May 9.
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

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.