"Teach Your Parents Well"
This new meaning comes with the realization that basic education does involve not only the children but also their parents. Poverty profoundly affects education. Clearly, addressing this challenge needs to include the family. Such an approach obviously requires more resources, more effort, and more time. Not addressing the two generations, however, can certainly lead to an unfinished job or short-lived positive outcomes. The county of Tulsa in Oklahama seems to have found the right combination in its Career Advance program. This program works under an umbrella of programs that help both children and their parents.
Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa) specifically focuses on a two-generation approach that aims not only to prepare young children for future success in school but also their parents through programs designed to increase parenting skills, employability and earning potential. Our goal is that children enter school prepared for success, families create a nurturing and secure environment for their children and that families are connected to one another.CAP Tulsa teaches children. CAP Tulsa teaches parents. The Career Advance program specifically provides training in health services to parents while their young children attend a preschool program.
■■ CareerAdvance®, developed and run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa), is a model two-generation intervention that pairs early childhood education for children with career pathway training in the health care sector for parents.The financial incentives are indeed attractive, up to $3000 a year for good attendance and meeting both grade and credit requirements. Does the program work? Findings made by researchers from Northwestern University, Columbia University, New York University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Oklahoma State University - Tulsa show that it does.
■■ CareerAdvance® recruits parents from high quality Head Start centers and offers career ladders through certification programs in the healthcare field at no cost to families. Additional elements include career coaching, small peer learning groups, financial incentives for parents’ educational progress, and wraparound early care and education for children.
The children are attending school:
an interview the importance of the whole package. Providing quality preschool and child care is obviously a good first step, but the fact that families are grouped and are working together also make a significant difference.
We all go through hell but we could work together....