Chapin Hall Fellows Contribute to Report on Parenting in United States
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently released the report Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8. The report is the result of an effort to assess research on parenting and strategies for supporting parenting in the United States. To conduct the assessment, the Committee on Supporting Parents of Young Children was formed by NASEM. Chapin Hall Policy Fellow Clare Anderson served on the committee. Senior Research Fellow Deborah Daro served as a reviewer for the report.
According to the NASEM, the report “identifies parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with positive developmental outcomes in children ages 0–8.” The recommendations in the report “promote the wide-scale adoption of parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with healthy child development.” Some of the recommendations include:
- Identifying how to implement evidence-based strategies in service delivery.
- Funding future research to develop guidance for policy makers and program administrators on how to widely and rapidly scale effective parenting programs.
- Continuing to promote the use of evidence-based parenting interventions.
- Expanding and improving communication to parents of up-to-date information on children’s developmental milestones and parenting practices associated with healthy child development.
The report also highlights several areas in which future research is needed—-such as the importance of the father-child relationship—in order to best support parents of young children.