KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

KIPS Proves Parenting Outcomes and Guides Program Improvement in PAT Program at Child Crisis Arizona

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Guest Blog by

Erin Cowan, MSW, Program Director

Child Crisis Arizona, Home Visiting Program

Mesa, Arizona

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 families

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, continuous quality improvement, parent-child relationship, engagement-parent, family, community

Invest in Parenting Now! Babies Can't Wait!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

In the past two posts we’ve discussed the concept of and challenges in addressing the “Parenting Divide”, proposed by Ariel Kalil, Professor at the University of Chicago in the Brooking’s Institution proposal titled, Addressing the Parenting Divide to Promote Early Childhood Development for Disadvantaged Children

In this post we’ll discuss her recommendations for tackling the Parenting Divide.  

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Tags: parenting divide, continuous quality improvement, parenting intervention

Parenting Assessment Guides PAT Program Improvement at MyChild’sReady

Posted by Phil Gordon on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

Guest Submission by: 

Erin Cowan, MSW, Program Director

MyChild’sReady, Child Crisis Center,

Mesa, Arizona

MyChild’sReady (MCR) is an in-home support service for expecting mothers and families with children up to 5 years old in Mesa, Arizona.  It is a program within the Child Crisis Center and funded by First Things First Arizona.  A Parents as Teachers affiliate, MCR’s goals are for children to start school ready to succeed and eager to learn.  MCR provides home visits, parent group meetings, child screening and referral to community resources.  MCR currently serves about 200 families, of whom 45% are Hispanic, in Southeastern Maricopa County.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting feedback, parenting outcomes, strength-based, continuous quality improvement, Parents as Teachers, engagement-parent, family, community

Good News for Funding at the Pew Home Visiting Summit

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 04:09 PM

Last week I attended the Third National Pew Summit on Quality in Home Visiting .  It opened with a great Valentines Day present for all attending.  President Obama’s State of the Union speech filled our hearts and raised hopes because he specifically highlighted early childhood education and home visiting programs as key components of his policy for the next four years.  Beyond a gift to those attending, the Summit Keynote speakers couldn’t resist calling this a “Valentine” to American children and families.

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Tags: parenting outcomes, Parenting Assessment, measuring parenting, continuous quality improvement

Bill Gates on Measuring Progress & Importance of Parenting Assessment

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 01:09 PM

For the last 5 years Bill Gates has published an annual letter discussing a particular focus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  This year’s letter entitled Measuring Progress- Setting clear goals and finding measures that will mark progress toward them can improve the human condition was a most compelling read.  In science, an advance in measurement opens up opportunities for new achievement.  Mr. Gates argues how measurement empowers interventions for health, education, and well-being, which is the focus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting outcomes, parent improvement, continuous quality improvement

Measuring Parenting to Promote Quality Improvement in Family Services

Posted by Phil Gordon on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 03:20 PM

As someone who once taught Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), I am pleased to hear the term more frequently used in family services circles (for detail see Childwelfare Information Gateway, The Casey Foundation, or Management Sciences for Health).  CQI, or Total Quality Management as it is sometimes called, derives from the work of W. Edward Demming.  Stated most simply, CQI is the use of information to guide improvement.  As an evaluator, I find the notion of using statistically valid results to guide services very attractive.  After World War II, Demming was unable to get much traction in the United States for his concept of making decisions based on consciously collected data. However, war-ravaged Japan welcomed him.  Thanks to Demming, Made in Japan went from being synonymous with junk to becoming an expectation of high quality.  

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting outcomes, parenting goals, parent improvement, continuous quality improvement