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ERIC Number: ED544231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Low-Income Families: A Research Agenda for Parenting, Relationship, and Fatherhood Programs
Policymakers need to decide how to invest in strengthening the most basic foundation for early childhood development: family relationships. The challenges: (1) help parents provide the responsive and stimulating environments that will prepare young children for school; and (2) support fathers' engagement with their children regardless of whether they live with them. The federal government has previously addressed these issues through a variety of approaches--economic supports for low-income families; programs for noncustodial fathers ("responsible fatherhood programs"); reforms in the welfare and child support systems; maternal and child health programs; and parenting, relationship, or marriage skills programs. While evidence continues to build from current studies, policymakers should prioritize the investigation of new and innovative approaches based on the importance of a child's earliest years of life and the unique role of fathers in early childhood. Decisions about funding and expanding such programs should hinge upon accumulating evidence about how best to scale up and sustain the most promising ones.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MDRC