Earlier this month I was privileged to co-present a workshop with two KIPS parenting assessment users at the 2015 Strong Families AZ Home Visiting Conference, sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and attended by many of those involved in Arizona Strong Families. The wide variety of workshops packed into the two-day conference targeted topics of interest to the full gamut of conference participants -- Home Visitors, Supervisors and Administrators.Read More
KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to co-facilitate a workshop on parenting assessment with Heather Nusbaum, Early Childhood Education Specialist, Ohio Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Center, at the Ohio Head Start Association Leadership and Professional Development Conference. Approximately 200 Program Directors, Coordinators, and Evaluators attended from Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs across the state. Many of the conversations, both inside and outside of sessions, involved the outcome data generated by the CLASS, an observational assessment of the quality of teacher-child interactions. The Office of Head Start requires the CLASS as part of its monitoring review and professional development systems for center-based programs. The Ohio Head Start leaders seemed to embrace this classroom observational assessment as a guide for improving teacher practices and quality education for children. So I was listening intently for the readiness of the leadership to incorporate observational parenting assessment into their family services. After all, you may recall a previous KIPS blog entitled Measuring What Works for Children: CLASS™ for School & KIPS for Home in which guest blogger Sedra Spano from Teachstone said:
Guest Submission by:
Erin Cowan, MSW, Program Director
MyChild’sReady, Child Crisis Center,
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.
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.