ERIC Number: ED194292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Mississippi Choctaw Parent Child Development Program: Impact Study.
The Mississippi Choctaw Parent Child Development Program (PCDP), initially funded by the BIA in 1973 as a pilot project, has had a reservation-wide impact in each of its four main areas of focus: health and nutrition; education; social services; and staff and parent development. There has been a measurable decrease in early childhood infectious diseases and parasitic infections. Participating two and three year old children have shown increased skills in five areas of cognitive development, especially language. As a direct result of PCDP referrals at least 31 families per year received General Assistance and Child Welfare Assistance Payments and 300 parents received some type of training. Prevention of child abuse has been an especially effective area of PCDP. Parents, working closely with the program, have increased their understanding of their children and improved their parenting skills. The availability of free, quality care for preschool children has increased family earning power, thereby reducing home tensions and resulting in a more stable family life. PCDP has successfully integrated the total range of services which impact families and, therefore, the development of children. Recommendations for similar programs are included. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Cognitive Development, Educational Needs, Federal Aid, Health Education, Leadership Training, Nutrition, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Costs, Program Design, Program Development, Quality of Life, Social Services, Staff Development, Student Development
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Philadelphia.
Identifiers: Choctaw (Tribe); Mississippi