Parent Education and Consultation Program

The Parent Education and Consultation Program (PECP) integrates a classroom setting, where an evidence-based parenting curriculum, called Active Parenting Now, is presented, with home-based parent education and support (as needed) to ensure parents learn and can effectively operationalize key parenting skills within their home. The parenting services are provided by a specially trained and experienced Parent Educator. Services are provided to parents whose children are at risk of placement or who have already been placed and the parent is working towards reunification with their child(ren). The premise is that teaching effective parent management skills and providing home-based support helps prevent abuse and neglect and reduces the need for placement.

There is no cost to families for PECP services.

What are the services available?

Specific services offered by the PECP’s Parent Educator include but are not limited to the following:

  • Thorough assessment of parenting needs and individualized treatment plan for each participant
  • Four 10-week program sessions (two groups offered per session) per year consisting of:
    • A two to three hour class, once per week for 10 weeks
    • Classes offered during the day or evening, depending on the parent’s schedule
    • In-home consultation as needed
  • Specialized curricula offered to parents of children aged 1- 4, 5- 12 (Spanish language available), and teens
  • Flexible curricula adaptable to parents of all educational levels and family structures, including in-tact, blended and single, as well as cooperative parenting for divorced/ divorcing parents
  • Improvements measured through pre- and post-tests of parental assessment of their child(ren)’s behavior
  • Transportation and child care assistance is available as needed for parenting classes
  • Improved relationships between parent and child(ren)
  • Increased understanding of child development and behavior
  • Improved parenting skills
  • Greater effectiveness as a parent
  • Reduction of risk-related behaviors
  • Improved opportunity for children to remain safely within their home, school, and community
  • Decreased risk of child maltreatment
Who can access services?

PECP specifically targets referrals from the Schenectady County Department of Social Services along with community based and self-referrals.

How are services accessed?

Contact Wales Brown, Parent Educator (518-393-2194 ext. 2205 or, Barbara Pasinella, Director (518-393-2194 ext. 7551 or or Schenectady County Department of Social Services for more information.

When are services available?

Day and evening home- based sessions are Monday through Friday. Classes are offered on specific evenings Monday through Friday.

We pride ourselves on the unmatched quality of our services, and are pleased to report that in 2012:

  • 85% of our clients were satisfied with services they received at Northeast
  • 95% of parents/guardians were satisfied with services their family received at Northeast
  • 94% of our foster parents were satisfied with Northeast services in managing children in their home

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