This paper is adapted from a speech presented by Matilda Cuomo outlining the early parenting education program of the New York State Citizen's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. Mrs. Cuomo co-chairs the Task Force with Cesar Perales, New York State's Commissioner for Social Services. The Task Force is comprised of 30 volunteers. All volunteers are professionals in the field of child care. Mrs. Cuomo also is honorary Chair of the New York State Council on Children and Families.