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ERIC Number: EJ1188852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 59
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2155-5834
A National Survey of Parent Support Legislation and Regulations
Correa, Nancy P; Van Horne, Bethanie; Greeley, Christopher; Giardino, Angelo P.
Journal of Applied Research on Children, v5 n1 Article 17 2014
Introduction: Parent education has a positive impact on children, parents, families, and the community. Children at Risk and Bracewell & Giuliani LLP conducted a policy scan of state statutes regarding parent education. Methodology: To identify state statutes that address parent education, we conducted a search of statutes in all 50 states using keywords and the online legal research systems. After all state-level policies were ascertained, we selected the most relevant statutes to parent education and identified major themes. Results: The policy scan identified statutes regarding non-mandated parent education in 40 out of the 50 states. Common themes include: home visitation programs, funding through a Children's Trust Fund, early childhood initiatives, use of evidence-based programs, and a community-based component to the parent education statute. Discussion: In a needs assessment of parent education in Houston, Texas, stigma and funding were identified as the biggest barriers to increasing the availability of parent education. Funding was addressed in a few state policies, but stigma was not addressed. While parent support programs have many demonstrated positive effects, the effect of the various mandated parent support strategies remains unproven. Conclusion: While most states have statutes regarding parent education, more evaluation and research is needed on how these policies are implemented and their measured impact on families in the state. [This article was co-written by Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Houston); United States
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