"Targeting Parenting in Early Childhood: A Public Health Approach to Improve Outcomes for Children Living in Poverty"
Early-childhood programs that focus on building low-income parents' social supports and making their interactions with their children more positive can improve the long-term outcomes for children in poverty, according to an online-first report out this month in the journal Child Development.
The authors, led by Oklahoma State University researcher Amanda Morris, analyzed early-childhood health programs that incorporate home visits by health professionals to work with families, including Family Check-Up, and the Positive Parenting Program. The researchers found programs that help parents build up their own skills and social networks can help mitigate stress from poverty in children.
Vol. 36, Issue 21, Page 5Published in Print: February 15, 2017, as Parent Involvement