Cultivating Strong Parenting Practices in Latino Homes.
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).
Published: October 24, 2012
This fact sheet discusses the impact strong parenting practices can have in Latino and immigrant families. Findings are shared from a study of first and second generation Mexican mothers that found foreign-born Mexican mothers had more stable home environments, and a program that offers parents the opportunities to support their young children's healthy and happy development is highlighted. Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is a comprehensive, 10-session parenting skills and advocacy program that was developed for low-income Latino parents with children between the ages 0 and 5. The program aims to develop parents' understanding of child development and parenting practices that can positively impact their child's life. An evaluation of the program is discussed that found parents who went through the program made moderate to large gains in their knowledge of children's early learning, social-emotional skills, language and literacy development, school preparation, and health, as well as in their own parenting skills, ability to advocate for their children, and their confidence in parenting. After completing the program, parents understood more about their child's development and how to support their child through strong parenting practices.
Hispanics; Parent education; Parenting skills; Prevention programs; Child health; Child development; immigrants