Leadership Skills Certificate - Parenting Education Program

Social Services & Education Pathway

12 Credits   |   3 Quarters

Pathway at a Glance

You're passionate about improving others' lives—whether you're educating young minds, helping others get in shape, or observing human interaction, you can begin making a difference with our Social Services and Education Pathway.


Courses by Quarter
Entry Requirements
Parenting Skills Certificate plus 9 credits of PEP 111-116 and 3 credits of PEP 120
Quarter Plan: 
Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Parenting Education Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Implement healthy, safe practices for young children
  • Explain and apply early childhood development and developmentally appropriate practices/environments for young children within a context of social and cultural influences
  • Apply strategies for working with children, within a culturally relevant, anti-bias approach in order to promote social-emotional competence
  • Determine and utilize appropriate resources for family support, within a social, cultural and anti-bias framework
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how children learn symbolically through play  
Helpful Notes

Program Participation

In participation with co-open preschool parenting education courses, students are accepted into the Parent Education Program (PEP) every quarter. Students enrolling in the PEP cooperative preschools must register online each quarter.


Eastside Co-op 360-754-3938
Lacey Parent Co-op 360-459-5297
Steamboat Island Co-op 360-866-1819
Westside Co-op 360-866-7383


These courses provide approved training for parents (or parent figures) and enhance individual skills in child development, family relationships, and related topics leading to effective parenting. Participants are involved in observation and classroom experiences that include laboratory sessions.


These courses and certificates prepare students to be effective parents for children in their care. Some skills may transfer to the work force. For those students that elect to continue a program of study, some of the completed course credits may also be applied toward certificates or degrees in a related program area.


About the Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement represent participation between parent(s)/care giver and age-appropriate child(ren) in parent education courses or co-ops. It is comprised of industry-based skill courses. No general education courses and no minimum level of English or math are required.

Revision Date: 
Monday, April 25, 2022