KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

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

Challenges for Parenting Programs in Closing the Parenting Divide

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

In the US we have been fighting to close the achievement gap of children living in disadvantaged circumstances since Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty 50 years ago.  Efforts to close the gap have advanced from many angles – economic, housing, nutrition, crime prevention and education.  Research on early intervention programs, such as the Perry Preschool and the Chicago Child-Parent Center, have proven the long-term benefits of comprehensive services to young children (birth to 5 years), their families and communities.  Yet, we still haven’t solved the problem.  

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting outcomes, achievement gap, parenting divide, DANCE

Brookings: The Parenting Divide Limits Children’s Development

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

The Brookings Institution has just released a policy recommendation, entitled Addressing the Parenting Divide to Promote Early Childhood Development for Disadvantaged Childrenwritten by Ariel Kalil, Professor, the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago.  In this and the next few posts we will explore this proposal. The Brookings proposal centers around addressing an issue Kalil refers to as the “Parenting Divide”, the disparities in time and quality of time parents spend with their children.  Kalil points to the growing inequalities in US family incomes, which are reflected in children’s educational achievement.  She argues that these inequalities are due in large part to the parenting divide.  She claims that focusing investments on classrooms alone is too narrow and is missing an important component.  We must include parents if children are to be successful.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting quality, education and parenting, parenting divide, poverty