ERIC Number: ED426127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Children and Families: Communities, Schools, Employers Play Key Roles. Growing Up Well. Focus on Prevention.
Barthauer, Linda; Halfon, Neal
This report, eighth and last in a series, discusses the important role community groups and leaders, schools, and employers play in providing children and parents support and encouragement. It reports the opinions of California adults, expressed in a survey conducted by the California Center for Health Improvement (CCHI), about a variety of issues related to the health and well-being of children. Survey response show that Californians do turn to others for help in parenting, usually looking to another relative or a spouse. Teachers and extended family were seen as most helpful and involved, but surveyed parents said that local businesses, community groups, coaches, and recreation instructors play a greater role in children's lives than in the past. Schools are an important place for parents to seek guidance and support, but research has suggested that many parents are intimidated in turning to the schools. The CCHI survey asked California parents about three policies employers could adopt to help employees: (1) flex time to allow employees to structure the work day in ways that help their families; (2) employer payment for health coverage for the dependents of employees; and (3) programs to assist employees with legal or financial matters or to provide support in addressing family problems. Surveyed parents supported all these options, with employee assistance programs arousing the least interest of the 3 suggestions, at 55%. A number of California businesses are instituting employee benefits of this sort. Policy recommendations to support families and promote the involvement of caring adults in the lives of children are made for communities, schools, and employers. (Contains three tables and nine references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California