KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Nobel Laureate Fights for Parenting Programs at White House Summit

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 04:10 PM

In our last post of 2014, we discussed the White House Summit on Early Education and how James Heckman’s brief speech produced a notable a change in the panel discussions that followed.  At the time of that post I was aiming to get a copy, dear reader, so I could share his remarks with you accurately and in more detail.  The speech is now available, so I think we are starting 2015 right by delving into Heckman's remarkable address.    

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Tags: parenting evidence, parenting outcomes, White House Summit, parenting program funding - advocacy

Finding the Right Parenting Assessment Tool for Family Services

Posted by Phil Gordon on Thu, Sep 05, 2013 @ 04:23 PM

If something is important, a professional will measure it.  A doctor uses a thermometer.  A carpenter uses a tape measure.  A chef uses a scale.  The importance of parenting cannot be overstated. "Young children experience their world as an environment of relationships, and these relationships affect virtually all aspects of their development – intellectual, social, emotional, physical, behavioral, and moral" (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2004).There are tangible long-term benefits to effective parenting that are realized throughout childhood and into adulthood. In studies compiled by the US Office of Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), supportive and involved parenting has been linked with success in school and college enrollment. Additionally, a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures found children with difficult home lives are less likely to thrive or succeed in school, and more likely to drop out and experience homelessness.  Adequate parental support is crucial to their future, and family service professionals are fighting an uphill battle to stop these at-risk youths from falling through the cracks of society. By the time many at-risk youths arrive at social service offices, it is often too late to make a meaningful impact on a life that could have been significantly improved through earlier intervention.  I think James Heckman a Nobel Prize Winner in economics summed it up best in his recent book, Giving Kids a Fair Chance (A Strategy that Works)

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, parent-child interaction, assessing parenting, parenting quality

Early Head Start School Readiness: It’s All About Relationships

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

Early Head Start: Relationships at the Core of School Readiness

Since Head Start's beginning in 1965, it has aimed to improve school readiness of children from low-income families and focused on family engagement and comprehensive services.  Using an ecological theory of child development, Head Start’s guiding principles emphasize the development of the “whole child” and support of families and communities to produce optimal developmenti of children.   In 1994, Early Head Start (EHS) was authorized to expand services to serve pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years.  This deepened the interest in strengthening early parent-child relationships that begin before birth and contribute to children’s long-term development.   (For more details, read Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation).

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Tags: parenting evidence, parenting outcomes, Early Head Start, Parenting Assessment

Assessing What Matters to Parents as Teachers Families & Children

Posted by Phil Gordon on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 @ 03:34 PM

Because the best research on parenting guided the design of the Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS)it aligns with the best parenting curricula.  After all, we drink from the same rich well of research.  In the KIPS Library, Crosswalks are currently available between the KIPS parenting assessment tool and three widely used parenting curricula:  Growing Great Kids, Partners in Parenting Education and the Born to Learn Curriculum.  Each crosswalk serves as a map between the KIPS parenting assessment results and specific parts of the curriculum that address the improvement of the particular parenting behavior of interest.  The Parents as Teachers Born to Learn Curriculum has recently been revised, and the new curriculum is called the Foundational Curriculum.  This article explores the relationship of KIPS to the Foundational Curriculum. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, parenting outcomes, parenting behavior, Parents as Teachers

Assessing What Matters Most to Children: Parenting

Posted by Phil Gordon on Sun, Nov 04, 2012 @ 01:48 PM

Momentum has gathered over the last decade toward collecting evidence to prove outcomes in the early childhood field.  Funders and taxpayers want proof that the services they pay for have the intended outcome.  The fairest way to evaluate a program is to see if it has met its intended goals.  Most programs with the goal of healthy child development and well-being, school readiness or preventing child abuse and neglect include promoting nurturing parenting among their goals, because "Young children experience their world as an environment of relationships, and these relationships affect virtually all aspects of their development – intellectual, social, emotional, physical, behavioral, and moral" (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2004).  

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, parenting outcomes, parenting goals, parent improvement, parenting behavior, measuring parenting

6 Steps to Parent Feedback Success: #1 A Thoughtful Strategy

Posted by Phil Gordon on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 @ 09:14 AM

In two previous KIPS Cradle posts we discussed identifying strengths and supporting a parent in selecting an improvement goal.  Now let’s turn to collaborating with a parent to work on a goal.  There are six principles of effective feedback we will consider:

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Tags: parenting feedback, parent improvement, Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, strength-based

Parenting Assessment Feedback That Works: Step 1 Self Evaluation

Posted by Phil Gordon on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 07:56 AM

Why the KIPS Cradle?

Our May survey of KIPS users, reported in the August KIPS TIPS issue, revealed interest in a blog about KIPS use. So due to popular demand, here is the first post to the KIPS Cradle.

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Tags: parenting feedback, parenting outcomes, Parenting Assessment, parenting evidence, parenting scale, strength-based