ERIC Number: ED435443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Task Force to Study Strategies to Support Parents as Children's First Teachers. Revised.
Maine State Dept. of Human Services, Augusta.
The state of Maine has made a commitment to expand current programs for families with young children to ensure that the state is doing all that it can to help children reach their highest potential. This document is comprised of the June 1998 report of a Maine task force to study strategies to support parents as children's first teachers and the January 1999 progress report. The task force identified three keys to achieving the mission that all Maine children reach their highest potential through lifelong learning: (1) home visiting services for all new parents; (2) parenting education and support for parents as children's first teachers; and (3) community-based family support services, including quality and enriched child care. The 1998 report delineates characteristics of effective home visiting programs, recommends the development of a core curriculum for current and future parents and caregivers, and identifies ways to improve current community-based services in Maine. The report's six appendices include a list of task force members, a description of expected outcomes of enhanced services, and a description of the Born to Read pilot projects. The 1999 progress report, which is appended, presents information on progress toward a fiscal plan for expanding existing state-funded child and family support initiatives, developing the core curriculum, implementing an elementary and secondary education level course of study in parenting education, and extending the life of the task force. This report concludes with a proposed fiscal plan for providing statewide home visiting services, training for providers and parents, and use of the core curriculum. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Human Services, Augusta.
Identifiers - Location: Maine