Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Helping parents raise children who thrive

This research-based report tells the story about the significance of parenting skills on children's lives and how the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative is building a statewide system to increase access to high-quality parenting education.

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20 pages. ©2015.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

Dain

Review posted January 22, 2019

3

As someone who hears about OPEC through my work but didn't know much about it, this book was very informative. I now have a better understanding of the program and am proud to work along side such dedicated people.

randompaige

Review posted November 20, 2018

3

The OPEC document is an informative publication, highlighting its work "helping parents raise children who thrive" and indeed demonstrates its efforts to do so. The reporting is well-cited and seems quite transparent. However, what was immediately noticeable and present throughout the entire publication is a two-pronged philosophy that ultimately must diverge into opposite directions: one simply being the providing of these services to those who want them, and the other being the expansion of these services in this manner: "The goal is to have a permanent statewide system of parenting education that all parents know about and have access to," says director of Education Programs for The Oregon Community Foundation. I think this is a horrible, terrible goal, that parenting become a government education issue and a norm at that. However, the more grandparents fail to teach their children--the new generation of parents--how to parent, and the less communities voluntarily step in and take care of their own (extended family, neighbors, friends, non-profits, churches, volunteers) the more the State will become the imperative of normalcy. Do not misunderstand: the availability of help for those who want to be better parents is a good thing, especially by their own parents and community entities, but the problem is in the nuance of the implications of government entities wanting to expand and normalize it. Indeed, a fair amount of the publication is dedicated to describing OPEC's issues with low enrollment and recruiting, and also many highlights of attendees gaining helpful insights to improve their own parenting. I personally have attended government-run parenting education classes and found some helpful insights. However, the questions I'm posing in my review are perhaps deeply philosophical ones. What is good, and how much is too much? Why or why not does it matter when it is government-run? What are the costs and consequences--good and bad--of the expansion of a program like this? If there should be limits, what should they be? Are there better solutions? What drives the need? Whose responsibility is what? In final, what OPEC set out do, they have accomplished and they seem to do it well enough. It is hard to doubt the good intentions of those involved in running any such program. Intentions and consequences of social policy need a broad context to be understood well. I definitely recommend this to read.

realestate

Review posted September 17, 2018

3

good read ..easy read.. learned some good information