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ERIC Number: EJ938208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Learning from Babies: Vital Lessons for Schoolchildren
Puriefoy-Brinkley, Jacquelynn; Bardige, Betty
Zero to Three (J), v24 n3 p22-29 Jan 2004
This article describes the positive outcomes from the Philadelphia-based Educating Children for Parenting (ECP) program, founded in 1978, which aims to take advantage of children's fascination with babies and their easily triggered emotional investment in learning how to care for them. The program brings a parent and infant into the classroom monthly to teach students about child development and about a parent's role in nurturing a child's growth and development. Since its founding, ECP has educated some 125,000 students and continues to serve as a persuasive vehicle for educating young people of all ages, from preschool to high school. Through observing the parent and infant, the students are constantly testing and verifying theories that they have studied either formally or informally. Furthermore, images of positive parenting are especially important for children who have not experienced consistently nurturant care. Indeed, studies about the impact of ECP have shown that the program helps young people overcome tendencies to aggressively defend themselves against perceived threats and may also contribute to the prevention of child abuse in the next generation, among other beneficial impacts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania