Best Practices


These are high quality websites that provide resources you can use in your work with families, and information about best practices to help you enhance your skills.


Active Bodies, Active Minds: Screen Time Reduction Information and Resources for people who care for pre-school aged children; University of Washington

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Child Welfare Information Gateway – Parent Education Resources

Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network – CYFERnet

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Reports & Resources – A resource list of issue briefs, reports, and other helpful information collected by Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families that discuss issues pertaining to grandparents raising grandchildren.

Healthy Teen Network –  Resources, training, policy & advocacy on teen pregnancy prevention and teen parents.

NPEN – National Parenting Education Network – Resources, conference announcements and an archive of discussion topics submitted by parenting educators

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

The Center for Children and Families, University of Notre Dame – Research on optimization of development, education, and learning.


“Best Practices for Parent Education Programs Seeking to Prevent Child Abuse” – North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service (2003)

“National Extension Parent Education Model of Critical Parenting Practices” – (downloadable PDF)

“Parent Education for Vulnerable Rural Families” – The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues

“Parent Training Programs – Insights for Practitioners” – (2009) CDC –  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs” – National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Practice Brief, Sept 2008,

“Supporting Parents of Young Children in the Child Welfare System” – (2010)  Improving mandated parent training for parents of young children in the child welfare system.  National Center for Children in Poverty – Mailman School of Public Health – Columbia University.