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ERIC Number: ED415005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-3
Pages: 40
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Preparing the Next Generation: Recommendations for Meeting the Accountability Demands on Family Support and Parenting Programs.
Brady, Anne; Coffman, Julia
Family support and parenting programs exist for parents who need help in acquiring the support, resources, and skills that encourage positive child development. Noting increasing demands for program accountability, this paper identifies 12 recommendations for the future of family support and parenting programs, based on the field's history of experience, that can be used as the basis for future decisions about programs to improve parenting support or support of good parenting practices. The recommendations are: (1) develop services that focus on parent-child interactions; (2) tailor services to meet the needs of unique regional, cultural, and ethnic groups; (3) start intervention early, and acknowledge the potential need for a continuity of services; (4) have reasonable expectations about the time commitment required of families and providers; (5) recognize that factors in parents' social and cultural context have an impact on parenting; (6) work with other providers to form a system of efficient and comprehensive services; (7) use evaluation strategies that reflect and support the field's move toward more comprehensive initiatives; (8) examine child and parent outcomes and needs longitudinally; (9) choose measures that reflect intended program outcomes; (10) examine the relation between parent and child outcomes; (11) establish mutually beneficial relationships between evaluators, providers, and child development researchers; and (12) consider using cost-effectiveness analyses as a method for measuring and reporting program results. Contains 36 references. (TJQ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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