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Become A Parent Educator

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Working As A Parent Educator

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $30,830

    Average Salary

What Does A Parent Educator Do At Lutheran Services In IOWA

* Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers
* The Parent Educator position will provide family support to children and their parents through education, support and advocacy recognizing that parents are their children's first and best teacher.
* Will use Parents as Teachers model.
* Supporting families through home visits, group meetings, linkage to community resources and annual screenings
* Meetings with assigned families in person will occur via traveling by car to their homes or other community settings and contact by telephone which may occur during normal business hours, after hours, or on weekends

What Does A Parent Educator Do At The Kennedy Center, Inc.

* Utilizing an array of strategies, teach parents about typical child development using Triple P curriculum and developmental milestones.
* Meet regularly with DCF workers, DCF gatekeeper and Community Partner Agency (CPA).
* Make home visits to families referred to Triple P program through DCF and CPA.
* Refer/support the family for services ensuring that the families’ basic survival needs area met.
* Maintain records and reports needed for DCF and the Kennedy Center, including attendance, program evaluation and board reports.
* In accordance with the requirements of DCF, prepare and submit all required reports including on-line data, collection, etc.
* Attend as the Kennedy Center representative, PACC meetings on a monthly basis.
* Support the family and act as an advocate, where appropriate, in securing necessary child and other supports (i.e. housing, court, DSS, etc.).
* Assist in creating, organizing and implementation of individual/group programs.
* Provide transportation and assistance in navigating public transportation when directly related to goals.
* Write service plan reports (i.e. intake, discharge, DCF data) and maintain family files

What Does A Parent Educator Do At Easter Seals

* Become knowledgeable about the Parents as Teachers model including the
* Essential Requirements necessary for model fidelity.
* Conduct personal visits (50
* minutes) using the Parent as Teachers curriculum on a weekly or bi weekly basis with each family.
* Plan the visit, gather materials, travel, conduct the visit, and clearly document the visit.
* Provide parent group connections focusing on a minimum of one of the following areas of emphasis: parent –child interaction, development-centered parenting, or family will being.
* Complete developmental, health, vision and hearing screenings on each child every year.
* Develop and maintain a community resource network in order to be able to link families with services needed.
* Maintain and submit in a timely way all required family and program
* documentation.
* Organize and inventory supplies/materials, etc.
* Meet a minimum of twice monthly with supervisor for reflective supervision sessions.
* Help parents and children transition to other services as needed, to preschool, or kindergarten.
* Complete annually required competency-based professional development hours in order to remain a certified parent as Teachers parent educator (see Parents as Teachers Core Competencies for more details

What Does A Parent Educator Do At Ascension Health

* Performs initial and on-going assessments of patients' lactation goals and issues.
* Instructs and demonstrates proper techniques and promotes the importance of breastfeeding.
* Identifies the need for standard patient teaching plans and assists with their development.
* Acts as a liaison to staff and physicians when addressing needs associated with breastfeeding.
* Contributes to the development of data tools to monitor and improve outcomes

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How To Become A Parent Educator

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.


Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 


Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.


For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Parent Educator Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Somali

  • Japanese

  • Serbian

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Croatian

  • Korean

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Top Parent Educator Skills

  1. Child Growth
  2. Curriculum
  3. Child Development Information
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assess and systematically document child growth and development.
  • Provide child development and parent education to parents and caregivers of babies (0-3) using the Parents As Teachers curriculum.
  • Provided parents with child development information and education to prevent child abuse.
  • Provided home visitation to families with children birth to age five.
  • Managed up to 6 families while educating them on parenting skills and provided community resources.

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