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Welcome to the Community Engaged Parent Education Blog

We're excited to have a new blog for our Community Engaged Parent Education website. There are two categories for entries in the blog: 1) Reflections on community engaged parent education work; and 2) Reponses to questions raised by principal leaders and mentors posted on this blog. Please feel free to respond at any time!


A parent in my dads class called me. He said he would regretfully have to miss class this week. He explained that our focus on the community in last year's ECFE class got him thinking and inspired him to join the PTA at his son's school. He'll be back at ECFE next week and I'll ask him to share his experience with the group.

My classes have just begun this week. In one class, our Area Superintendent, Luz Marie Serrano, came and affirmed the group for creating a community of support for parents. She shared how she didn't have a community to support her as she didn't even speak English. Another class had a parent who is organizing to support the St. Paul Schools referendum--did you know that if the referendum passes, St. Paul will move from last in per pupil funding to second to last? What a sad statement on the value we place on children and their education. In the midst of cut backs, staff shortages, and more-to-do-in-less-time budget challenges, parents' energy to have a voice in the community for their children keeps me going.

The next time you walk down your alley, count how many different trash haulers there are. I tried this and discovered that mom and pop businesses aren't doing the work anymore--it's now an assortment of multinational corporations. And they often landfill your trash instead of taking it to the Newport Recovery Facility where parts of trash are recycled and the rest is converted to fuel. This summer I organized my alley which consists of 24 households. Presently, 19 households have signed up with one mom and pop hauling company. This means we all qualify for a lower rate...and fewer trucks go up and and down the alley wasting gas and emitting pollution. I plan to share this example of organizing with my ECFE groups.

Our fall classes begin this week and I am looking forward to more in-depth discussion of community topics. On the 20th our intiative from last year: CPSN (Concerned Parents for School Nutrition) held their first meeting this year. Objectives of our meeting were to discuss short & long-term goals, work on a mission statement, set up a meeting calendar, and before our next meeting we are to research any possible affiliate organizations that we could connect with. That would be on a local, regional, state or national level.

I also have completed a couple of weeks of classes. We did an icebreaker where one of the questions was sharing a community issue or item that impacts your family. This is a great way to get a pulse on what is on parents' minds! Two key issues in sw mpls are reduced bus transit schedules for city folks wanting to use mass transit to suburban jobs and "tear downs" in neighborhoods that essentially change the characterk, views and more importantly the values of the block. I typed up the total list of issues from all classes and handed them out to all parents. I plan to follow up with questions to elicit more detail on how these affect the family and actions that parents could take to affect change, get information, etc.

for Bette S: Do your parents know about action for healthy kids? It works thru public schools to ensure healthy nutrition and exercise choices for kids.

I am doing baby classes. Any ways to incorporate cepe into discussions and I am looking for a baby curriculum or resources.

It's been remarkable to see all the civic actions that have emerged out of just 1 and 1/2 year of Community Engaged Parent Education. I'm inspired by the examples of small to large actions taken by parents and their parent educators to make this world a better place for families.

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I think the Community Engaged Parent Education is a remarkable practice. These efforts will be beneficial to our lives, and will make our families a better place.

Great health starts with a good diet and a strong exercise program.
Good nutrition is also very important.

Weight loss happens when emotionally you win the hunger war between your head and your stomach.

Sometimes I believe that nothing really works to loose weight except time and total effort.

Nice to be here to make friends like me. I'm gladly ready to become a part of this community.

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Hi. I'm not a member of any school or parent community but I think that education is of primary concern worldwide. Health, sex and an appreciation of world events would benefit every child worldwide.
Current "bugbears" appear to be obesity levels throughout so-called "civilized" nations and as I am classified as morbidly obese then I can talk the talk as well as walk the walk (well..more waddle the waddle I suppose.
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Nice blog. A great way for parents to interact, learn, and share their views, opinions and experiences. Also, this is a great way to make friends with other parents or participants.

In participating at online communities like this, it helps to have good communication skills. It makes it easier to make friends and to interact with them.

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Nice to see such community spirit on this blog. I think with a lot of problems teenagers face these days it is imperative that parenst are supported by schools and government.

Hi again everyone. Well, here we are in 2008 and still going strong. My "parent Essays" class, which is the title of the two parent ed classes I do, are really full. We have been talking about the "politics of food" and had Tracy Deutsch from the University of Minnesota come and speak to us. When we look at how we spend our money for food and which stores we support; we are looking at only one side of a very complicated issue. The zoning laws, the available produce, weather, and many other variables interact to get us the stores we have in our neighborhoods. We have had a 'community conversation' around this question. "Does where I live impact what I eat?" and we are finding out just how that is true!
I hope you all are have such fun and interesting discussions. One of the 'actions' to come out of our discussions is that more of the parents in the group are talking to their grocers and thinking about when and how much they spend on food. this discussion has also tied into our previous 'community conversation' about homeless individuals.
(Where do the homeless shop for food?)

Annette, it sounds like that would have been an interesting class. Four years ago we had a small group of parents meet with our school district's food service director. He was receptive and made some changes, like removing sugar cereals. Unfortunately, he moved on and the sugar cereals are back. I visited the cafeteria last week and saw a 5 year-old consuming cocoa puffs and chocolate milk for breakfast. It looks like this issue needs to be revisited.
Has anyone heard any concerns about lead in our program's toys/equipment? We have found some recalls. I asked our district office for assistance. The environmental company they contract with quoted us over $5000 to do a random sampling. Obviously, this would be very difficult for our program to pay. Any ideas? We had our children tested for lead during their last check-ups. It's outrageous we have to even discuss it. Anyways, onward and upward.

Parent education is an essential part of parenting and should be on every parent's to do list. Unfortunately, the reality is that not enough parents know where to find helpful resources (which there are plenty of). One resource that is particularly helpful in terms of safety, health, caregiver preparation and responsible decision making is at

Nowadays, things have gone more and more complicated for younger and younger ages have been the engaged in such mischievous acts. Either they are the victims or they probably are the cause. Hence, due to these circumstances they could rarely do any good to our society but instead will most probably cause a headache to us and burden our society more.
What I wanna say is that being a parent is not easy for a child needs alot. Namely of which is nutrition, shelter, education, guidance, support and last but not least is Love. That's why parents need to be educated and prepared for such responsibilities. Circumstances really occur and Life doesn't always go our way but it's what makes the world go round.

Yes indeed parent education is very important. As we all know, family is the primary institute of a society and if a child has no proper guidance and care, that child will not be very productive to his/her community. That is why people should be responsible in planning a family for being a parent requires great responsibilities.

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Parents play the main role in the future of children. They are the basic pillars to their country development indirectly.

Parents play main role in the future of their kids. parent education is very very important if they had show proper guidance and care the child will become genius.

I think it's shameful about Ms. Serrano, she's a rare professional in her business, and all class.

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