THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, SECONDARY AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
ALBANY, NY 12234
- What is parenting education?
The definition used by the Department is: "Parenting
education provides youth with the knowledge and skills needed to be responsible parents
and caring citizens."
- Is instruction in parenting education required for all
Yes. Section 100.5(a)(3)(vi) of the Regulations of the
Commissioner of Education requires all students entering ninth grade in fall 2001 and
thereafter to achieve parenting education standards prior to graduation.
- Who may teach parenting education?
Education Law 804(b) (1993) authorizes schools to include,
as an integral part of family and consumer sciences or health education, instruction
regarding child development and parental skills and responsibilities. Such instruction
must be taught only by teachers certified to teach family and consumer sciences or health
- Can parenting education be taught in middle schools?
Parenting education must occur at the high school level to
ensure age-appropriate instruction. School districts have the flexibility to organize and
integrate parenting education according to available resources and to meet the needs of
their students and communities. They may choose to initiate aspects of parenting education
at earlier levels consistent with a district's curriculum goals or for student populations
with particular needs. Age appropriateness and cultural sensitivity should be considered
in introducing parenting education at any age.
- How many weeks of instruction are required?
Commissioners Regulations do not prescribe a unit of
study or a unit of credit requirement for parenting education. The State Education
Department is preparing a Parenting Education Resource Guide that contains a
recommended scope of instruction and a process for developing and implementing parenting
education programs. Schools must allocate sufficient time for instruction to ensure
students achieve standards in parenting education. Course offerings and scheduling options
will vary according to the needs of the student population and the districts
curriculum requirements for graduation.
- Can parenting education be taught as a separate course?
Yes. Commissioners Regulations provide flexibility
to school districts to integrate instruction into the health education or family and
consumer sciences curriculum or to offer a separate course. School districts often develop
separate courses to meet the unique needs of their student population. A separate course
is understood to be a program of instruction designed to achieve parenting education
standards. If parenting education is taught as a separate course, it must be taught by a
health education or family and consumer sciences certified teacher.
- What information is currently available about parenting
Presently, school districts have the New York State
learning standards and the Health, Physical Education and Family and Consumer Sciences
Resource Guide and the Family and Consumer Sciences Parenting Syllabus formerly known as
"Home Economics Education - Parenting - HF -2 88." During winter 2000,
school districts will receive a draft scope of instruction and a sequential plan for
The State Education Department is gathering information,
suggestions and recommendations from educators, administrators and the greater school
community concerning implementation of parenting education in schools. As additional
information becomes available from the State Education Department, it will be posted on
our web site at www.nysed.gov. To access the National
Family and Consumer Sciences Parenting Standards, you may call 1-800-248-7701, extension
Districts that are working on the new requirement for
parenting education now may also contact the following for information:
- New York State Parenting Education Project Office at
- Comprehensive Health and Pupil Services Team, State
Education Department, at 518-486-6090.
- Career and Technical Education Team, State Education
Department, at 518-474-5506.
- State Education Department Regional Coordinated School
- How can school staff, administrators, parents, families,
students, and community members become involved in parenting education?
At the State level, the State Education Department has
involved educators, administrators, parents, families, students and community members in
focus groups and other activities to develop guidance that will assist schools in
implementing the parenting education requirement.
At the district level, several school districts are
conducting a paper inquiry and/or student focus groups. Selected districts have been given
the opportunity to pilot the scope of instruction for parenting education and/or develop
learning experiences to be incorporated into the Parenting Education Resource Guide. For
information about ongoing State initiatives, call the New York State Parenting Education
Project Office at 716-630-4233.
- Will the State Education Department develop a curriculum
guide for parenting education?
No. The State Education Department will provide a resource
guide and related training and support to assist school districts in developing local
curriculum. The resource guide will be completed and disseminated to school districts in
- What funding can be used to provide parenting education?
There are no State dollars specifically targeted for
parenting education. School districts must use existing resources or State Aid dollars
targeted for implementing learning standards to implement the parenting education
- How will parenting education be assessed?
There is no State assessment in parenting education.
However, the State Education Department will include guidance for local assessment in the
Parenting Education Resource Guide and is actively working with local practitioners to do
so. The Department welcomes suggestions and recommendations from school districts on
successful local assessment practices. School districts are ultimately responsible for
ensuring that students achieve standards in parenting education.