Parent & Family Leadership Development

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Partnering hand in hand with families

Families are their children’s first and most important teachers. Partnering hand in hand with families is critical to make sure community resources and programs support children and families effectively.

As Oregon continues to expand early childhood and parenting programs, Early Learning Hubs and Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) Hubs are creating Parent and Family Leadership Councils to welcome families as essential partners in their communities.

For Families

Learn more about free resources for families in your community, build your leadership skills, and get connected.

For Hub Staff

Access resources to support your Parent & Family Leadership Councils, build your leadership skills, and get connected.

The OPEC Team at Oregon State University provides support for parent and family leadership development in partnership with Early Learning Hubs and OPEC Hubs. Learn more about the core values of the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative by watching this video, organized by Amanda Casian, OPEC outreach coordinator. Captions in English and Spanish are available - contact for further accessibility options of this video.


Each of these guidebooks are in progress and will continually grow as we find and create additional resources to support Hubs and participating families in this meaningful work.

  • Parent & Family Leadership Guidebook for Families
  • Parent & Family Leadership Council Guidebook for Hub Staff


Connect & Learn cohorts

A learning community for EL Hub and OPEC Hub staff supporting parent and family leadership councils that meets monthly. See the Training Academy calendar for upcoming cohort opportunities. 


Coaching and connection

Our team members are eager to connect with you to learn more about your parent and family leadership efforts, successes, challenges, and needs. Amanda Casian and Brenda Ulloa work directly on this project, but any member of the OSU-OPEC team can help get you connected.


Our approach to supporting family leadership is relationship-focused and community-inspired. Get in touch with our team to learn more.