Parent Education Workgroup
What we do
The goal of the Parent Education Workgroup is to provide skill building, educational opportunities and social marketing to support parents and guardians in raising healthy drug-free children. Workgroup strategies include:
  • Creating and supporting social marketing campaigns geared to parents.
  • Providing research-based parent education, including the curricula such as Nurturing Families, Strengthening Families, and Guiding Good Choices to parents/ caregivers of children aged 9-18 years.
  • Educating families about the importance of family connectedness, and the role that family dinners can play in nurturing connection. Research has linked family dinners to young people's resilience and academic performance, as well as to reduced rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and depression.
Minigrants for Parent Education
Since 2011, the Parent Ed Workgroup has awarded minigrants to support workgroup strategies in the community. Awards have gone to organizations to support research-based parent education to parents and caregivers of children age 9 through 18 years, and to fund events that encourage families to connect over shared meals. 
Social Marketing
The Parent Ed Workgroup is helping to develop and disseminate social marketing messages addressed to parents:

Parent Guide
Each year in September, the Parent Ed Workgroup creates a Parent Guide that is published as a supplement to the Recorder and the Athol Daily News. The parent guide includes features on local families, articles on parenting challenges, and lists of resources for local families. The 2016 edition is available here.

Hand-Out on Marijuana and Youth Health
Educational hand-out on marijuana and youth health, including brain development. Available here.