There is no greater influence in the life of a child than that of a parent. Parents serve as a child’s first teacher, providing guidance and reassurance, and serving as the first role model in a child’s life. However, being a parent is not easy and all parents struggle with raising their children from time to time. Parent education programs are designed to prevent child and family problems, improve parenting skills and family communication, and educate parents on child development and positive parenting practices with a goal of developing safe, stable, and nurturing parent-child relationships
Research has consistently shown that parent education has a positive impact on a range of child, family, and community outcomes including lowering rates of social, emotional, and behavioral disorders in children, parental stress and anxiety, and child maltreatment. Parent education also improves school readiness and family relationships.
However, despite the many benefits of parent education, less than 2% of parents in Houston and Dallas access evidence-based parent education programs each year.
The Center for Parenting and Family Well-Being is making evidence-based parent education available to more families in our state. The CPFWB includes the following projects:
- The development of a marketing campaign, database, and website to decrease stigma associated with attending parenting classes and to raise awareness of their availability.
- In Houston, we trained 86 providers from 19 organizations to deliver an evidence-based parent education program, Triple P. The providers have reached more than 3,500 parents. The CPFWB conducted an evaluation on the program which demonstrated that parents had a statistically significant improvement in parenting style and their children had a statistically significant decrease in problem behavior. For more information, click here.
- In October 2015, we trained 20 providers from various organizations in the community to deliver an evidence-based parent education program, Triple P, to their existing classes scheduled across North Texas.
- An assessment of the state of parent education in Houston and North Texas. Both assessments revealed the need to: 1) decrease stigma associated with attending parenting classes and raise awareness of their availability; 2) train more providers to deliver evidence-based parenting programs; and 3) more coordination between organizations that offer parent education. For the full reports, click here for the Houston report and here for the NTX report.
- A review of legislation and regulations on parent education in the 50 states. For the full report, click here.
- An assessment on the state of postpartum depression in Houston, Texas. The assessment revealed the need for: 1) more awareness; 2) more educational opportunities for medical providers; 3) more screening for postpartum depression; 4) more mental health providers offering services; 5) reduction in barriers that prevent mothers from accessing services; 6) adequate health coverage to cover postpartum depression treatment. For the full report, click here.
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- Establish a task force to examine and increase access to evidence-based parent education and quality parent engagement programs in Texas, as well as improve inter-agency coordination between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.