Parents/Community Members as Classroom Mentors

A new report by UNCF that shows what needs to happen in order for parents to be involved and for the community to be in control:    (Helen)

The conclusion points to the ways in which parents could become more effective in advocating for their children.  There are details about how to do each of these.  This advice fits very closely wiht the “parent as mentor” program we visited in Chicago:

1. Connect the aspirations of parents to a roadmap on how to get there

2. Meet parents where they are with appropriate messaging and support

3. Engage parents using new voices that resonate with them

  4. Strengthen the relationship between parents and schools

The Chicago Parent Program: comparing 1-year outcomes for African American and Latino parents of young children:

Data were merged from two prevention randomized trials testing 1-year outcomes of a parenting skills program, the Chicago Parent Program (CPP) and comparing its effects for African-American (n = 291) versus Latino (n = 213) parents and their preschool children. Compared to controls, intervention parents had improved self-efficacy, used less corporal punishment and more consistent discipline, and demonstrated more positive parenting. Intervention children had greater reductions in behavior problems based on parent-report, teacher-report, and observation. Although improvements from the CPP were evident for parents in both racial/ethnic groups, Latino parents reported greater improvements in their children's behavior and in parenting self-efficacy but exhibited greater decreases in praise. Findings support the efficacy of the CPP for African American and Latino parents and young children from low-income urban communities.