ERIC Number: ED194197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating Parent Centers: A Sharing of Ideas and Experiences.
Heath, Terri; And Others
This handbook describes the development and operation of family enhancement programs in Parent Centers in Wisconsin. Parent Centers, also called Family Centers, provide opportunities for parents to meet each other and to share concerns, ideas and fun. They can be "legitimate" places for parents to find friends for their children and themselves, and can help parents learn how parenting can be more fulfilling and valuable, even though not always easy or enjoyable. Services in Parent Centers are usually low-cost, informal and are provided by peers to peers. In the first three chapters of the handbook, Parent Centers are defined, the role of program facilitators is discussed, and a rationale for Parent Centers is suggested. Chapters 4 and 5 briefly describe several Parent Centers in and outside the city of Madison. Chapter 6 indicates how space, funding, staffing, record-keeping, training, program, child care, and parent involvement problems were solved in these two areas. The concluding chapter, Chapter 7, briefly explores the issue of success in Parent Center programs. The handbook also includes a brief history of attempts from 1974 to 1979 to provide support to parents and parent programs in and around Madison. An outline of the content of a facilitator training workshop is appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Community Programs, Human Resources, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Peer Groups, Program Development, Self Help Programs
Family Enhancement Program, 605 Spruce Street, Madison, WI 53715 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Dane County Community Mental Health Services Board, Madison, WI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Parenting; Parents Center Project
Note: Prepared through the Family Enhancement Program.