KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Five Ways to Prepare for a Baby as a Single Disabled Parent

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 04:01 PM

Guest Blog by

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor is a freelance writer, photographer, and advocate for people with disabilities. 

She created Disabled Parents.org to provide information and resources to other parents with disabilities. 

When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

 

Becoming a parent is an immense privilege, but it's also a time full of challenges. Having a disability can complicate things, and as a single parent, there are other obstacles to overcome. However, the joys that come with parenthood are profound, and with the right preparation, the stresses and challenges we face can be overcome. 

Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting stress, family support-partnership-services, parents with disabilities, parenting support

Parenting Matters! Guide to Effective Intervention

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

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. 

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Tags: parenting matters, family support-partnership-services, parenting skills, evidence-based

Tips for Supporting ESL Staff with Online Parenting Assessment Training

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Dec 01, 2016 @ 05:54 PM

Guest Blog by

Theresa Zighera, Evaluation Officer

First 5 San Francisco

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.

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Tags: online training, family support-partnership-services, parenting assessment training, diverse staff

Good News: US Policy Changes Reflect Parenting Research!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 05:14 PM

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.

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Tags: parenting skills, Head Start, Early Head Start, Parenting Assessment, family support-partnership-services, evidence-based, MIECHV

Congratulations! Uncle Sam Believes Your Support for Quality Parenting Matters

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 06:00 AM

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. 

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Tags: parenting matters, family support-partnership-services, parenting skills, evidence-based

Go Beyond Child Welfare; Support Child & Family Well-Being

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sat, May 21, 2016 @ 04:45 PM

This blog was posted initially on HuffPost Parents on 05/02/2016 and is shared with permission.

Creating a 21st Century Child Well-Being System

Matthew Melmed 

Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE

International leader and advocate for infants

As National Child Abuse Prevention Month draws to a close, we take time to reflect on how we protect young children and make new plans to move forward. The final report of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities seems a fitting, though sorrowful, place to start.

According to the Commission’s report, between 1,500 and 3,000 children — three-quarters of them babies and preschool-age children — become fatalities each year as a result of maltreatment, ending short lives that never had a chance to blossom. In fact, more than 700,000 children experienced substantiated maltreatment in 2014, including 192,000 infants and toddlers who face long developmental odds because of this experience.

Encouragingly, the report calls for a new 21st Century Child Welfare System. We absolutely need such a system to replace the current dysfunctional one that fails to get to the heart of families’ problems and children’s well-being, but we shouldn’t stop there. We need a 21st Century Child Well-Being System - a system that includes child welfare and also offers a comprehensive and integrated system of services designed to proactively support families with young children to help them thrive. By addressing the needs of families before there is a crisis, we can work toward the goal of ultimately reducing the number of families that become involved with Child Protective Services.

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Tags: home visiting, child abuse/neglect prevention, family support-partnership-services, child well-being

Parents and Practitioners: Need Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 02:01 PM

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources 

Offered by Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development

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Tags: autism, early intervention, family support-partnership-services

The Triple P Child Welfare Controversy: A Measure of Hope

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 @ 07:24 PM


A recent article in The Atlantic by Olga Kahzan reported on the controversy surrounding Triple P. Many of you have heard of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ®. This is one of a number of models for supporting families to improve their parenting skills to develop more nurturing relationships and sensitive interactions with their children. Triple P is also one of the most extensively researched programs. 


Triple P aims to prevent emotional and behavioral problems and create a positive family environment for children to thrive. It was developed using a public health perspective to provide interventions geared to multiple levels of need, ranging from community awareness of positive parenting, to seminars and group classes, to home-based family intervention. There are also Triple P variations designed for targeted populations, such as families of children with special needs, those who are overweight, teenagers and families experiencing separation/divorce. Organizations may choose the levels and variations that fit their communities’ needs. Triple P claims an advantage over other family support programs due to this flexible range of service intensity, a broad evidence base, and a large scale of dissemination in 25 countries.

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Tags: parenting outcomes, Triple P, child abuse/neglect prevention, family support-partnership-services, parenting classes

How to Include Fathers in Family Services: Messages, Contacts, Skills

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 07:21 PM

In our previous two blogs in this 3-part series on Dad-friendly services, we discussed the unique contributions Dads make to children’s daily lives and their development, and 10 Tips from a UK report that rethinks the design of family services to genuinely welcome Dads to perinatal and family support programs. In this blog we’ll outline some strategies recommended by Dads and practitioners for shaping your services to engage Dads and enhance their competence and comfort as nurturing fathers.

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Tags: fathers, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services

Ten Tips for Making Family Services Work for Dads

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

In our last blog we talked about the unique contributions Dads make to children’s daily lives and their development, despite the media stereotypes which all too often belittle fathers and their efforts.   Though there are early parenthood programs focused on fathers and recent efforts to promote  rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs by the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network in the US, most family service programs target primarily mothers.  In this blog we discuss a UK report that rethinks the design of family services to genuinely welcome Dads, along with Moms and Babies, to perinatal and family support programs.

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Tags: fathers, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services