Having children is an exciting and all-rounded job and not always easy. Children grow up in different forms of families – with a single mom or dad, in a classical nuclear family or in a "blended family". Because of changes in the world of work as well as the change of role models parents would like to have more information and more networking. "Education for parents" should help people, who are living together with children (mothers, fathers and grandparents), to raise their children.
The Federal State Government of Upper Austria would like to support families as best as possible. Parents can refresh their knowledge in courses, workshops, lectures and discussions dealing with this subject and where they can get information on the different development phases of children (childbirth, baby, school age, adolescence), how to handle difficulties with their children and they have the possibility to exchange experiences and discuss problems.
There are events about the relationship between man and woman too.
These measures are important and preventive elements: not only to repair the relationship between children and parents – also to do something for your family in advance.
2005, the project was especially initiated for poor families with problems. Poor families often don't have the possibility for further education and the coupons for the education for parents should encourage them to make use of this offer.
Since September 2009, families with children aged under 15, who have the "Upper Austrian Family Card" (~ 160.000 families), get coupons for the education for parents to the amount of 20 Euros (per child).
Families who file an application for the "Upper Austrian Family Card" as well as for the 3rd, 6th and 10th birthday of a child, get coupons to the amount of 20 Euros.
In courses, workshops, lectures and discussions dealing with the education for parents these coupons can be converted.
Current courses, workshops, etc. can be found on the website of the Department for family affairs www.familienkarte.at and in the "OÖ Familienjournal" which is published five times a year.
As a special service a newsletter service has been established in August 2010. It ensures that parents receive a monthly update on parent education offerings in their respective regions. The group of recipients of this newsletter continues to grow. Since the beginning of this service (October 2010), 2500 subscribers have registered.