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ERIC Number: ED499303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
The Parenting Imperative: Investing in Parents So Children and Youth Succeed. Policy Brief No. 22
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Parents are one of the most important influences in positive child and youth development, yet too many caregivers, especially those in higher risk families, fail to receive supports that would improve parenting and family functioning. By strengthening parent/caregivers and their connections to resources, communities can improve child and youth outcomes. After a discussion of the ecological context of parenting, the brief calls for broad community mobilization for "parenting success," defined as strategies that strengthen families by 1) developing a coordinated system of high-quality investments in parent/caregivers; 2) proactively connecting families to that system; and 3) building the capacity of families to function effectively and carry out their responsibilities. Best practices, including the use of dual-generation approaches and the involvement of parent/caregivers in significant roles, are relevant to policy makers and professionals in the human services and education fields. For funding agencies and policy makers, this brief recommends reducing program fragmentation and improving the quality of existing parenting and family resources. A working group of practitioners, advocates, and researchers advised the development and reviewed this practice/policy brief, which also draws upon literature and key informant interviews. (Appended: (1) Alternate Models for Organizing Parenting-Success Resources; (2) Key Resources on Mobilizing Communities; and (3) What We Did to Develop this Framework. (Contains 60 endnotes and 4 figures.) [Document published by Family Strengthening Policy Center, National Human Services Assembly.]
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A