LAPEN works to advance the field of parenting education and to provide leadership and infrastructure to support Louisiana’s parent educators from every field. 

LAPEN is an association for parent educators in Louisiana. We are composed of professionals from differing backgrounds and training who share a common interest in providing high quality and effective parenting education.


1. To develop and support a statewide network of parent educators who offer parenting education services.
2. To promote best practices in parenting education.
3. To provide and promote continuing education and professional development opportunities for parent educators.




LSU School of Social Work Parenting Education Certificate
Created in collaboration with LAPEN!

Parenting education is a key element of service provision in many human services settings. Whether parents are involved in school-related activities, post-divorce mediation, the child welfare system, mental health services, or self-enrichment programs, parenting education programs touch the lives and future welfare of thousands of children and their families. The need, therefore, for high-quality, standardized training in parenting education is a pressing concern in the human services.

The LSU School of Social Work Certificate in Parenting Education will provide foundational knowledge in the delivery of parenting education services. The content of the certificate curriculum is guided by the 9 areas of core competencies for parenting educators developed by LAPEN, including:  

  • Child Development
  • Family Dynamics
  • Child Guidance
  • Health and Safety
  • Diversity
  • Professional Practice
  • Learning
  • Community Contexts
  • Assessment and Evaluation

Full 7-Session Parent Training Certificate Program - $245.00
($35 per session)

Seven individual training sessions, starting on February 12, 2014 and running through May 7, 2014.

Louisiana Resource Center For Educators
5550 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA

All sessions start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 12:15 p.m.  



Thank you to our Summit Sponsors!


Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund

The Lupin Foundation

Community Health Solutions of Louisiana

United Health Care Services  



LAPEN profiled in new report, Improving Supports for Parents of Young Children.

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If your work involves parenting education, identify yourself as a parent educator. 

Sign up at the Registry of Parent Educators.The registry is a directory of Louisiana’s Parent Educators. You can search the registry to find parent educators across the state and by parish. Information from the registry will be used to plan trainings and workshops for parent educators, and to advocate for and support parenting education. Help us make parenting education more visible. Join the Registry.