What does the future hold for parenting?


A recent reunion has put a bunch of old classmates in touch for the first time in several decades. “If we only knew then what we know now!” has been uttered on more than one occasion! Sometimes, living in the moment, it’s hard to predict the future…to see what might happen and to forecast implications and unintended consequences of inaction.

That’s exactly what we’re trying to, though, at the National Center for Parents as Teachers. In fact, we believe that thinking about the future now is so important to what we do for children and families that we’ve built our 2009 annual conference around it:  25 Years of Parents as Teachers – What Comes Next?

We’re encouraging presenters and attendees to look ahead not just 2, 5 or even 10 years, but a quarter of a century…a tall order, indeed!

  • What will families look like 25 years from now?
  • Where will they be going for parenting information and support?
  • What new strategies, tactics, technologies will we be using to communicate with them?
  • Where will funding for family support services like Parents as Teachers be coming from?
  • What will be the biggest parenting and child development concerns in 25 years?

How do you think family demographics and parenting concerns will change by the year 2034? If you’d like to share your insights, consider submitting a workshop proposal for our conference.

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