ERIC Number: ED182054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
A Social Interactional Approach to Parent Education: An Overview of the Child and Family Neighborhood Program.
Powell, Douglas R.
The Child and Family Neighborhood Program, located in a suburb of Detroit, is an early childhood intervention project aimed at strengthening informal and formal family suoport systems and increasing parents' knowledge of child development. The program works with clusters of 10 parents and their young children (0-3 years) twice weekly in a home-like setting with paraprofessionals as the primary staff persons. Attempts to strengthen family support systems are made by enabling parents to form mutual support systems with other parents in the program, by encouraging parents to maximize use of their social networks for tapping informal resources, and by facilitating utilization of existing formal human services. The program curriculum stresses interpersonal relations and communication as well as ways to approach and deal with formal institutions and services. Efforts to increase parents' understanding of child development emphasize the reciprocal nature of parent-child interaction. Concrete activities and practical discussions are used to provide new information about child care. The program also has a health education and a developmental disabilities screening component. Staff development is a major program activity. The evaluation strategy falls into three areas: program refinement and maintenance, program-parent-child interaction, and parent-child characteristics and change. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Wayne-Westland Community Schools, MI.; Merrill-Palmer Inst., Detroit, MI.