ERIC Number: ED301359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Parent Involvement and Education: State Initiated Family Support and Education.
Seppanen, Patricia S.; Weiss, Heather B.
This paper briefly defines parent involvement in education, outlines several factors that are fueling new state interest in programs to strengthen families, describes programmatic initiatives in several states, and examines some of the issues states have faced in their efforts to craft effective community-based programs that are responsive to families. States mentioned include Alaska, Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, California, Missouri, and Minnesota. Of these, the last two have enacted recent legislation that provides for statewide family support and education programs. Individuals have used the states' experiences to identify issues that must be addressed in the crafting of policies on family support and education programs. The experience of pioneering states suggests that family support and education programs offer states a powerful way to build new support for families. One concern is that the impetus for government agendas regarding the welfare of young children and their families will shift before policy and action can produce programs that help families nurture children to realize their potential. A table indicates what is provided by community-based family support and education programs. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Early Childhood Issues: Policy Options in Support of Children and Families (Washington, DC, November 17, 1988).