ERIC Number: ED352143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Family Support Programs and School Readiness: Overview of Family Support Programs.
Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.
Family support programs are proactive efforts based on the assumptions that families have primary responsibility for their children's development and well-being; that healthy families are the foundation of a healthy society; that families operate as part of a total social system; and that the institutions upon which families rely for support must assist families' efforts to raise their children effectively. Typical program components include life skills training, parent information classes and support groups, parent-child groups and activities, informal drop-in times, information and referral services, crisis intervention, and auxiliary support services. In recent years, school initiatives to support families have focused on work with parents of preschool children to ensure school readiness; the involvement of parents in school programs and administration; and the integration of community health and social services into the school. School readiness includes children's physical health, self-confidence, and social competence, in addition to their academic knowledge and skills. Readiness is affected by children's innate abilities and shaped by people and environments. Readiness depends on the expectations and capacities of elementary schools as well as the quality of early childhood programs. Assuring children's readiness is both a community and parental responsibility. Brief descriptions of four school readiness programs (Early Childhood Family Education, Parent and Child Education, Parents as Teachers, and Providing a Sure Start) and five resource organizations are provided. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.