KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Count All Kids in Census 2020: Child Health & Schools Depend On it!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

Young children are too often missed in the Census counts.  We need the Census 2020 to be a full count of all of our children and families. The Count All Kids Campaign is reaching out nationwide to work with community advocates, policy makers, service providers, schools, and childcare programs to inform and persuade families with young children to fill out the census questionnaires and include ALL of their children from birth through 18 years old.  In the 2010 census it’s estimated that more than 2 million children were missed. The largest age group missed was children birth to five years old. This resulted in 36 states in the US losing over $500 million a year in funding from programs such as Medicaid, children’s health, foster care, adoption assistance and foster care. School districts lost nearly $1700 per year for every child missed. More than 300 federal programs use census data to determine how federal funds are allocated to state and local governments. These dollars fund childcare, schools, children’s health insurance, school meals, housing assistance, roads and highways, plus numerous other services.  

Image: https://www.sesameworkshop.org/press-room/2020-census-kit

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services

Get Kids & Families Ready for School. It’s All About Relationships!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

Years ago, we used to hold preschool teachers responsible for preparing children for school. Today, we realize that early learning begins at home with babies and their families. Yet, many families of young children need information and support to nurture their children's learning and to navigate the early years of their children's development. The most effective early childhood programs are built around a commitment to family-staff partnerships that focus on both the child and the parent. With the proliferation of Birth to 5 programs, collaborative teams of families and practitioners typically partner to ensure that children are ready for school. A specialized team that includes therapists and/or infant/family mental health specialists is often needed for children at high risk for developmental delays or with disabilities who may need extra support.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child relationship, school readiness, early intervention, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services, Getting Ready model, children with disabilities

New Muppet Helps Kids and Families Talk About Foster Care

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 11:17 AM

This summer Sesame Street in Communities introduced a new Muppet named Karli to its young audience with the help of Elmo, one of their most beloved characters.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, family support-partnership-services, foster children, foster families

Listen to Children! Our Climate Needs Protection. Earth Day Is Everyday!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 @ 03:27 PM

Can we listen and learn from our children?  Yes, we must!  Just listen to the wisdom of Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, age 15 years, who has sparked a worldwide children’s campaign to protect our climate.  Last year she became so depressed witnessing the lethargy of adults’ inaction to protect our climate that she left school and spent 3 weeks protesting outside of the Swedish Parliament to spur politicians’ action. Soon after she began taking Fridays off from school to continue her protest.  Greta has spotlighted what she deems the greatest worldwide crisis facing us today. A crisis which severely impacts children’s future. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, climate change, child health,development, learning, Earth Day

Pediatricians Say Best Parenting Uses Positive Discipline

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 09:13 AM

The holiday season can be full of both joys and stresses as families and friends gather together.  For parents, that may mean it’s time to stock up on extra patience when children react with challenging behaviors as the usual family routines are disrupted.  I have no doubt that those of you reading this blog advise families to “catch children being good” and use positive discipline strategies in keeping with their children’s development. You’ll be glad to hear that you’ve now got back-up from pediatricians!  This month the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a well-grounded policy statement which guides pediatricians to educate parents regarding positive discipline strategies to teach children appropriate behavior, and protect them from the long-term adverse effects of corporal punishment, shaming and yelling at children.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, setting limits, positive discipline, corporal punishment

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, parenting support, parents with disabilities

Parenting Assessment Maps Interactions of Families of Children with Speech Delays

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

Guest Blog by

Nur Rahmadina

Faculty of Medicine, YARSI University

Anna Luthfiana

Departement of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, YARSI University

Jakarta, Indonesia

Background

In our Indonesian pediatric practice, parents often report that their young children have delayed speech. Both intrinsic factors and extrinsic factors may affect delayed speech. Research shows that better parenting is associated with better child development, including speech and language development.  We wanted to see if one of the extrinsic factors might be the parent-child relationship and the interaction within the family. This clinical study was conducted to explore the parent-child interactions of Indonesian families with young children with speech delays. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child interaction, language skills

Do Cell Phones Enhance Parenting Interventions Over Long-Term?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 04:19 PM

Cell Phones Are Everywhere!

Today 75% of U.S. adults own a smart phone, compared to 35% in 2011. A hefty 92% of 18- to 29-year-olds own a smartphone, versus 42% of adults ages 65 and older. As researchers Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff have found, when parents let screen time interrupt their social interactions with their young children, it can hinder their young children’s development. It’s up to parents to use cell phones responsibly, as a resource rather than a disruption, during their activities with their children.  Can family services providers turn the ubiquitous presence of cell phones into an advantage for families and children?

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Tags: parenting outcomes, Parenting Assessment, parent-child interaction, engagement-parent, family, community, SafeCare, maternal depression, retention, PCI, cell phones, text messaging

Oprah: A New ACEs Champion

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 02:08 PM

Oprah Discovers ACES!

Oprah has become a passionate champion for broadcasting the alarming impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). ACEs refers to the profound long-term impact that traumatic childhood experiences have on health and well-being. One could hardly find a more beloved TV/movie personality and billionaire to champion this long-overlooked cause! In a recent segment on the 60 Minutes television series

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child relationship, court involved, adverse experiences/toxic stress, ACE

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, parent-child relationship, continuous quality improvement, engagement-parent, family, community