Parent Supports@100%: Innovation 6
Connecting the Education System
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Parent Supports.6.1
Project 1: The “students as potential future parents” project
We have the data to indicate that most students will eventually become parents. So how are we preparing students for the most difficult and costly job on the planet? What amount of course work ensures they understand the following topics:
- Why people choose to be parents
- How children develop in a healthy family
- Positive strategies and techniques for managing child behavior
- How adverse childhood experiences and trauma occur
- The financial costs of parenting
- The impact of effective parenting on children’s future education and work success
- The relationship between parenting and poverty
Your mission here is to figure out what the public schools offer and how it’s all being evaluated. Some schools serve as hubs for the Parents as Teachers home visitation program. This is an interesting model you will want to review. If it seems like a good fit for your community, you might seek funding for it.
Parents as Teachers: https://aae.how/192
Project: Parent Supports.6.2
Project 2: The “community schools parent support” project
We have lots of research on how community schools can become a hub for parent support programs, especially parent empowerment and education programs. Your action team can connect with the community schools action team to learn what schools are offering onsite or how staff serve as navigators to programs across the county to support parents. The Nurturing Parenting Program offers training for parents of all age ranges in all sorts of settings (schools, churches, domestic violence programs, prisons).
Nurturing Parenting program: https://aae.how/193