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Parent Involvement

By Sarah D. Sparks — February 14, 2017 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 15, 2017 edition of Education Week as Parent Involvement

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