ERIC Number: ED417006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Parents as Teachers: Policy Implications for Early School Intervention.
Coleman, Mick; Rowland, Bobbie; Hutchins, Betty
This study examined the impact on parents of the Parents as Teachers early intervention program. Participating were three groups of parents, matched on demographic variables. One group of 21 parents received in-home support and training from parent educators (PAT) during the first 36 months of their child's life. The purpose of the training was to support and promote parents' role as their "child's first teacher." A second group of 22 families requested and received quarterly educational newsletters written by PAT staff and including information provided to PAT families during the first year of their child's life. A third group of 22 families received no services. Children from each group were assessed upon entry into public kindergarten. Findings indicated that the children of PAT parents received significantly higher age equivalency scores than did other children on language and self-help/social skills as assessed by the Early Screening Profiles. Children in newsletter families received significantly higher age equivalency scores on self-help/social skills than children in the control families. The age equivalencies of children in newsletter and control families in language and self-help/social skills were lower than their chronological ages. No significant differences were found among the three groups on measures of cognitive or motor skills, although the children of PAT parents scored higher than did others. The results lend further support to educational policies that endorse school outreach services to actively involve parents in their children's early development and education. (Contains two tables to support statistical research.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the NCFR Fatherhood and Motherhood in a Diverse and Changing World (59th, Arlington, VA, November 7-10, 1997).