I’m delighted to share the results of a research study on a mindfulness-based parenting (MBP) intervention for mothers in treatment for opioid use disorders. With the abundance of news reports about the opioid epidemic, it’s heartening to share some good news regarding families affected by opioid misuse. This study is of special interest to me because it was carried out at the women’s substance abuse treatment center in Philadelphia where I worked for nine years. As someone who formerly worked in this challenging field, I found this article inspiring. This relatively brief and inexpensive MBP group intervention produced an incredibly large change in the parenting behavior of mothers who struggled with multiple risk factors.Read More
KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research
Guest Blog by
Erin Cowan, MSW, Program Director
Child Crisis Arizona, Home Visiting Program
Child Crisis Arizona, Home Visiting Program (CCAZ-HV) is a program for expecting mothers and families with children up to 5 years old in Mesa, Arizona. It is a program within Child Crisis Arizona and funded by First Things First Arizona. In 2013 the Parents as Teachers national center awarded CCAZ-HV the Losos Prize for Excellence for our innovative central intake program and our commitment to high standards of quality when serving our familiesRead More
A year ago in the KIPS Blog we announced the exceptional Parenting Matters report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. We are delighted that they have developed an interactive infographic on the Elements of Effective Intervention to make it easy to find the information you seek in this 400-page book. The infographic links graphics to relevant chapters of the comprehensive 2016 report. Simply click on the graphics in the 7 slides of the infographic to go to specific sections of the report to learn more about each topic. You can purchase the entire book or, thankfully, download the full text of the report as a PDF at no charge.
In case ou missed it, below is our previous description of the contents of the report.
A 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
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
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