Monday, October 27, 2008

Parent Engagement for Ages 0 - 5/ Childrens Zone

As suggested, we will break out the Parent Engagement discussion by age group. On the Parent Engagement Tuesdays post bloggers wrote:

Anonymous said...
In the Harlem model, parents of infants and toddlers are targeted for intervention by the outreach workers. The parents in the charter school are "already there" by selection bias, as they have signed up for this school. According to Heckman's phenomenal meta-analysis, the most cost-effective way to affect educational outcomes is to change parenting behavior as it relates to children ages zero to three. For example, talk to babies and children, sit on the floor and play with them, sing to them, praise them for curiosity, take them places and explain everything, let them play with old fashioned toys like blocks and shape sorters and finger paints, do not physically punish them and TURN OFF THE TV! This is what Geoffrey Canada teaches parents in his eight week "Baby College" course in the Harlem Children's Zone. Until we can reach the parents of infants and toddlers, we will be playing a very expensive game of catch-up. Once the parents are engaged at this level, it is imperative to keep them engaged.
October 26, 2008 8:19 PM

Questioner said...
I think there would be tremendous community support for a program like this. It would seem that in the $500 million per year school budget something could be cut in favor of this type of program, maybe with matching funds from the city.
October 26, 2008 9:17 PM


Questioner said...

On this topic, see PURE Reform's Links tab, section on NYT articles on educational reform, the article called "24/7 Reform."

Questioner said...

From the NYT article: "Obama has pledged to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone in 20 cities across the country."

If Obama is elected, Pittsburgh should be the first to request to be one of these 20 cities. PURE Reform will look into preparing a letter to have ready immediately after election day.