This one-month program offers an opportunity to develop specific skills in family therapy through simulation and live-family interviews. Starts June 3.
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Developing Child and Family
- Developing Child And Family - Overview
- Developing Child And Family - Bright Beginnings
- Developing Child And Family - Personal Best
- Developing Child And Family - Competent Kids, Caring Communities
- Developing Child And Family - Parent Education Network
- Developing Child And Family - Training
- Developing Child And Family - Staff
Director: Martha Edwards, PhD
The Center received, in partnership with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, a grant of $140,000 from the Office of Head Start. The grant will enable the Center to bring Bright Beginnings and Personal Best, the parenting curricula developed by the Center’s Director, Martha Edwards, and Associate Director, Judy Grossman, to Kingsbridge’s Early Head Start.
Not only will staff be trained to offer Bright Beginnings (for parents with their infants and toddlers) and Personal Best (an adult development curricula for parents only) to the 40 families in their “Baby School” program, Center faculty Yolanda Martinez and Barbara Russek will provide intensive on-site coaching to all staff to bring the principles of these curricula into home visits with families and to staff in 16 family day care programs serving 100 families. Providing high quality day care is essential for the health and well-being of young children, and we are excited to work with Kingsbridge to develop a training and coaching model that supports the development of committed and skilled day care providers.
After taking some time to re-group and mourn the loss of its creator, Marcia Stern, the Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC) program at the Institute’s Center for the Developing Child and Family is up and running again in an exciting, new, expanded format. CKCC is an integration of Marcia Stern’s classroom-based social-emotional curriculum for elementary school children and the work of the Institute’s Family-School Collaboration Project – a hugely successful program founded by Howard Weiss and Arthur Maslow that brought families and schools together to support children’s education.
The Center for the Developing Child and Family supports the relational development of children and parents in the context of their families and larger systems. It embraces the whole family, working with both mothers and fathers in interaction with their children. The Center has a number of projects to meet the needs of families with children from birth through elementary school.
The major initiatives include:
Community based prevention programs for at risk families:
- Bright Beginnings - a manualized curriculum for pregnant women and parents and children together
- Personal Best - a manualized curriculum for parents with young children
Parent education presentations and discussion groups:
School-based program supporting schools in teaching social-emotional competencies and enhancing family-school partnerships:
Training programs to enhance the capacity of therapists, agencies and school personnel to provide family centered, culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate services:
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