ERIC Number: ED472026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Family Support: A Solid Foundation for Children (...More Than a Nice Thing To Do!) Program Services Papers.
Thegen, Kate; Weber, Laura
Noting that North Carolina is a leader in the integration of family support into services for families with young children, this brochure provides practical information and guidelines for family supportive early care and education programs, early intervention, parenting programs, and health services for families with young children. The brochure notes that family support is a change strategy cutting across all social strata, family types, and professional disciplines. The brochure defines family support and details the mandate for such support in federal and state legislation and regulations for many child and family service programs. The benefits of family involvement are delineated for families; for providers, staff, and trainers; and for communities, programs or agencies, policymakers, and government bodies. Guidelines for supportive early childhood care and education include parents participating in decisions about their child's care and education, and programs linking families with a range of services. Guidelines for family supportive early intervention include providing a formal orientation for families and giving parents needed information for their meaningful involvement. Guidelines for supportive parenting education programs include enhancing the cultural values of parents and families, and affirming and building on parents' strengths and knowledge. Guidelines for supportive health services include using a two-generation approach and connecting parents to other parents. The brochure also notes supportive program evaluation practices, including the inclusion of program participant representatives on the evaluation team and working explicitly to overcome possible barriers. A list of organizations that have helped develop family support practice information and assessment procedures completes the brochure. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Care, Child Health, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Family Support, Integrated Services, Legislation, Parent Education, Parents, Program Evaluation, Young Children
North Carolina Partnership for Children, 1100 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27604. Tel: 919-821-7999; Fax: 919-821-8050; Web site: http://www.ncsmartstart.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; North Carolina State Dept. of Health and Human Services, Raleigh.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina