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Adaptation and Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention with Families of English Language Learners Attending Head Start

Resource Type: Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects
Principal Investigator(s): Mendez, Julia L.;
Date Issued: 2007
Description: University of North Carolina- Greensboro is implementing a parenting intervention, The Companion Curriculum: Home-based Learning Activities for Parents and Children, that exposes English Language Learner (ELL) families to the educational, mental health, and family involvement components of Head Start contained within the National Performance Standards. Specifically, the curriculum is designed to offer parents hands-on experience with educational activities that take place within their children's Head Start classrooms, in order to promote increased parent-child interaction at home and parent involvement at school. The target population includes 40-50 Spanish-speaking or Turkish-Speaking ELL children per year. In Year 1, the intervention was adapted for use with specific ELL families, and in Years 2-3, the program is being evaluated using a randomized design to determine effects of the intervention on children, parents, and teachers. Results are expected to yield new data regarding effective strategies for promoting readiness for children.

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