For years, many of us have questioned whether too much television time hinders young children’s development. There’s ample research evidence showing that TV can adversely affect attention, sleep, language and social development. Now, there’s a new wrinkle to this question. What’s the effect of handheld screen time (e.g., smartphones, tablets) on language development? Parents don’t carry a TV in their pockets, but most parents do carry a smartphone. When infants and toddlers start squirming on the bus, whimpering at a restaurant, or racing around the waiting room at the doctor’s office, what’s in your pocket?Read More
KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research
Guest Blog by Alex Robbins
Stay-at-home father of three lively boys.
Home safety is a number one priority when you are around this much energy and curiosity!Read More
Last week while enjoying a glorious spring day with my family soaking in the Hershey Gardens, I noticed another family touring with their preschool child. His behavior reminded me of the kids with autism I home visited long ago. It was invigorating to see the intense focus he brought to the sights, sounds and smells of the Butterfly Atrium.Read More
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) just released an exciting research review. Decades of research prove that children begin learning from the first day of their lives. Thus, parents are the prime drivers of early development, which lays the foundation for lifelong learning. As we’ve argued in previous blogs (1, 2, 3, 4), it stands to reason that supporting parents to nurture their children’s early experiences will enhance children’s readiness for school and social skills, decrease children’s behavior problems, and strengthen academic success. A new research report from RWJ asks “What Works” under the umbrella of parent engagement. As you can see from the report title,Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children, it focuses on the ultimate goal of improving children’s outcomes.Read More
If you follow the KIPS Blogs, you know that we are big fans of James Heckman (1, 2), from the University of Chicago Center for the Economics of Human Development, who is a tireless advocate for investing in early intervention to gain greater returns for children, families, and communities.
In a previous blog, we took a look at his small book entitled Giving Kids a Fair Chance (A Strategy that Works). As a Nobel Prize winning economist, Heckman’s writing is often highly technical. However, he wrote this powerful little book in plain language to get his message out to the public. In Giving Kids a Fair Chance, Heckman makes 3 powerful points. For his website, he has distilled these 3 points into what is known as the Heckman Equation: invest + develop + sustain = gain. Heckman estimated a sevenfold return on quality investments in the preschool years for three and four-year-olds. There is no other known public investment that can make this claim.
Or is there?
Guest Blog by
Theresa Zighera, Evaluation Officer
We have learned a few important things over the years with regard to training and support for staff taking the KIPS parenting assessment course when their first language is one other than English or Spanish. We had the advantage of being able to set up small group trainings and have peer translators (over time we were also able to have translators who had also already become KIPS certified), which made a big difference and is recommended whenever possible.
Aside from translation support, read on to learn some of the other strategies we utilized.
Raise your hand if you’re in favor of positive parent-child relationships. . . . My hand’s up. Is yours? The great news is we are not alone. We now have friends in high places. If you are affiliated with a family service organization, it’s likely that promoting positive parent-child relationships has been one your major program outcomes for years (see listings in HOMVEE, CEBC). In 2016, the U.S. government has followed in your footsteps and written the parent-child relationship into policy. During the last couple of months we’ve seen 3 major federal announcements spotlighting parenting. At last, policy for child and family services is following the longstanding research detailing the benefits of positive parenting for children’s health, brain development and learning.Read More
A new 400-page report, Parenting Matters! has just been released by the National Academies of Science. This title is music to the ears of those of us who have made a career of working to promote quality parenting. The report from the United States premier scientific authority validates our work, as is clear from its full title:Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8. It reveals the results of a study sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, along with the Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as several private foundations.Read More
All of us in the KIPS community believe that parents play a critical role in promoting children’s healthy development. So it was a precious gift to discover a book this summer that validates the invaluable role of parents and the work we do to support parents. Like tending a garden, parents must protect and nurture their babies, toddlers and children until they can navigate on their own in the wider world. As we all know, it takes plenty of support from trusted souls like us for parents to gain the knowledge and skills to do the tough job of parenting.Read More
In a previous KIPS Blog, you learned about the MOVE program, an innovative, 13-week mandated parenting program for families affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) and involved in the court or child protective service systems. Practitioners working with these families and the courts influence life-changing decisions on parent-child visitation and custody. However, this critical work is hindered by two major difficulties. First, there is a lack of research on how to effectively support families who have experienced IPV. Second, few of these decisions are based on reliable evidence regarding the strengths and needs of these families. This is why I’ve been eagerly awaiting the results of the MOVE program evaluation study.Read More