Balancing Employment and Parenting (BEAP) : Parenting for Prevention Project, Washington, DC : Center for Child Protection and Family Support.
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Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
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This project will involve the linkage between a community-based social services agency, Head Start providers and other child care centers in order to strengthen the parenting skills of at-risk families involved in Welfare to Work and/or TANF job training programs. To insure compliance and follow-up, project staff will work closely with the Department of Employment Services, DC Income Maintenance Administration, and Office of Early Childhood Education. The intent of this effort is to design and implement a culturally competent comprehensive approach for the prevention of child abuse and neglect targeting African American families with children in the age range of 0 to 6 years, who are most likely to be reported to public child protective services. Given the over representation of African American children in the child welfare system, this innovative culturally specific approach will have local and national implications. The project intervention has five major components, (1) to modify two existing curriculum materials to meet the needs of the target population of adults and children, (2) to offer group prevention activities with high-risk pre-school and young children in a child care setting to promote safety and resilience, (3) to offer group support for parents to promote maternal coping skills, reduce maternal stress and anger toward the children, increase the level of nurturance toward the children, promote safety and protection of the children, and to enhance parenting skills in managing the behavior of the child, (4) to promote systems change for TANF and Welfare to Work families who have young children in Head Start Programs, and (5) to evaluate the process and outcome of the project. The overall goal of the project is to reduce the mothers? psychological distress as well as the children?s antisocial behavior and to increase the mother?s support and ability to access services. In 4 years, about 620 parents and 620 children in the age range of 3 ? 6 years will be served by this project. Parents will be recruited from the United Planning Organization, the National Child Care Association, and DC Public School Head Start to participate in professionally lead structured parent education group sessions for a six month duration. Sessions will be about 2 hours in length and conducted on a weekly basis for the first three months and then on a bi-weekly basis. Parent skill building sessions will be held at designated locations in Southeast DC.
District of Columbia; Community based services; Parenting skills; Parent education; families at risk; TANF; cultural competency; child abuse; child neglect; prevention; African Americans