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United Services for Effective

Parenting in Ohio


        USEP-OHIO (United Services for Effective Parenting-Ohio, Inc.), is a non-profit organization founded in the 1970's. USEP-OHIO's mission is to promote the well-being of families and to support those who work to nurture Ohio's children by developing the human and financial resources and programs to that end. Efforts include lifelong learning approaches to parenting by offering advocacy and education to help parents and professionals connect with resources and educational opportunities to support their role. USEP-OHIO is also the sponsor for the Ohio Association for Highway Safety Leaders (OAHSL), and works to collaborate with Ohio parents and professionals to support programs that serve parents and teachers in our state.


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 Discover Parenting 2019


     United Services for Effective Parenting - OHIO thanks the many individuals and organizations supportive of the Discover Parenting Project for over 25 years.! It is our pleasure to announce this milestone and to recognize the remarkable and thoughtful individuals who have participated and introduced the concepts to thousands of persons. Creative teachers and students have participated in the D.P. programs at schools through curricula and by  exhibiting their projects in local schools, communities, at the Ohio

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USEP-OHIO is happy to announce the 2019 winning students and teachers for the 2019 Discover Parenting! With your partnership, we are kicking off the 2020 project including the dates and guidelines for the 2019-2020 academic year shown below and on the left. Register now to be included on the email list for any possible updates.



2018 Discover Parenting winning photo

The Discover Parenting Exhibit at the OATFACS Conference, Columbus, Ohio

Statehouse and through unique presentations at many events over the years. Their work has created endless ripples by reaching those who see their thoughtful projects captioned to reflect a deeper understanding and knowledge of parenting skills and the critical role of safety in our lives.

    We wish to celebrate with you and convey our great pleasure and warmest good wishes. Happy Silver Anniversary from the USEP family to all of our Discover Parenting Partners for their successful efforts over the years!

United Services for Effective Parenting-Ohio, Inc. (USEP-OHIO) has been supportive of the Discover Parenting Project for over 25 years. It features classroom study and culminates with a photo project. The lessons, written by teachers, allow high school and middle school students to explore critical thinking and feeling about the issues of safe and responsible parenting. Students conclude the project by submitting a photo with a caption related to the contest theme:


"How Does It Feel to be a

Safe & Responsible Parent?"


       In May, Ohio advocate/leaders assist with judging entries displayed at the Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in Columbus. The goal of the display is to bring Middle and High School students' work to the Ohio legislators, whose decisions impact their lives on a daily basis, in a place where all Ohioans can enjoy and view it. Please go to our Discover Parenting page for more details.


       New this year: Students may participate with photo entries in our original traffic and home safety category, or choose a special topics category added this year on the following subjects critical to safety:


  • Human Trafficking
  • Opioid and Substance Abuse
  • Safe at School and Community
  • Safe in a New Land


New Photo deadline - April 15.


Contents Fit with a host of Health and Wellness issues, Competencies and Outcomes for students including Career Development, Global Environment, Family Development, Parenting and others. It also fits the critical new areas of personal and family dangers and challenges our Ohio students are facing in their lives today and in the future.


Students may enter their photos in either or both categories. Prizes for the new special topics category will match those offered in our original category.

Teachers are also invited to contribute lesson plans to be shared from either category.

Please go to our Discover Parenting Page for more details.

Please take a look at the Powerpoint Presentations

of 2019 USEP-OHIO Discover Parenting Project entrants.

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