Successful Parenting

National Black Child Development Institute

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The Spirit of Excellence Parent Empowerment Project (PEP) curriculum was developed in collaboration with African American parents residing in Washington, DC, who have young children. It includes topics that were identified by parents and staff as necessary to address the needs of these families in raising very young children. The "Successful Parenting" unit is organized into four topics: Topic One, "Reflections," challenges parents to examine how family values and traditions are an integral part of their daily routine and how their parenting techniques have evolved from experiences in their own background. Topic Two, "Parent and Child Growing Together," provides parents with information about the key development stages of children. Topic Three, "Discipline," helps parents explore the concept of discipline as a positive way to teach children self-control and impart a sense of right and wrong. Topic Four, "Getting Ready for Preschool," assists parents in preparing emotionally for the time when children enter child care. Each topic contains the following parts: (1) a facilitator's checklist, an organizational tool that can be reused each time the curriculum is presented; (2) background reading for the facilitator; (3) introductory activity, which introduces parents to the main principles; (4) activities, which are organized to focus parents on a main idea and then to explore it in more depth; (5) handouts, which contain supplemental information; and (6) wrap-up activity, which provides an opportunity to review the main principles presented. The appendix contains suggestions for a culminating event, which allows parents to participate in selecting and planning a special way to celebrate their completion of the program, and a list affirmations, which can be used to start and end sessions on a positive note. The other units in the series that supplement this unit are "African American Culture" and "My Vision for the Future." 

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Bibliographic Information:

National Black Child Development Institute. Successful Parenting (1999). National Black Child Development Institute, Inc.: Washington, DC. (176 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Traveler's Foundation, Miriam and Peter Haas Fund, and the Pritzker Cousins Foundation

Language: English

Reading Level: Easy

Formats Available: Printed Material

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(700.00 for both Successful Parenting (CL02616) and African American Culture (CL02617). There is a new material titled "My Vision for the Future", all three units may be purchased for
$1,000. The contact person for this material is Paula Young Shelton: 202-833-2220 )

National Black Child Development Institute, Inc.
1101 15th Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 833-2220
Fax: (202) 833-8222


Languages Available: English

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Intended User Audience:

The material is primarily written for African American parents of young children (birth -3).
However, the workshops are useful for parents from any cultural or linguistic background and for parents of children of any age.
The workshops would also be useful for anyone who works with young children: healthcare professionals, service delivery personnel, etc.


Product Development:

The units were developed by parents along with parent educators. The developers were African American and European American. 

Product Evaluation:

The project was piloted in 10 sites. The parents and facilitators were from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including Hispanic, African American, and Asian. The parents were both young and old and their children were of all ages.
Independent evaluators interviewed parents and faciliators both pre- and post- workshops. The evaluation was largely qualitative. (The report will be sent to CLAS.)


Product Dissemination:

The material had just begun to be marketed and distributed as of May 1999. It was to be sold nationwide.


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Users' Comments:

Note: These comments are from the CLAS Associate Editor for this material

These two units are part of a three-part series entitled The Spirit of Excellence: Parent Empowerment Project (PEP), to be used as a basis for parent education. Each unit contains four topics, and each topic contains several (approximately 5) activities. Each unit is designed as a series of workshop sessions, with each topic providing the basis for one session. The first unit, Successful Parenting, addresses what it is to be a parent (e.g., Parents and Children, Discipline), whereas the second, African American Culture, provides the basis for an exploration of African American culture and heritage. Each of the two units stands alone. However, brief suggestions are given in the materials for presenting the two units simultaneously and interweaving their content.

Both units are directed toward African American parents of young children. However the unit on Successful Parenting contains very few references that are specific to African Americans; with very little modification it could be used with any group of parents. The unit on African American Culture, in contrast, is more specific to teaching African Americans about their own heritage. This unit therefore would not be useful in helping parents from other backgrounds to explore their own heritage and culture. However, it would be generalizable to the extent that it could be adapted to teach non-African Americans about African American heritage and culture.

Successful Parenting could be used with parents of any cultural background with little adaptation beyond changing the wording of some of the presentation and modifying some of the activities to fit the particular parents in the group or to include a range of cultural backgrounds. African American Culture could be adapted in the same way for use in teaching others about African American heritage and culture.

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