NEW DATA ILLUSTRATE THAT PARENTS AS TEACHERS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM PRODUCES POSITIVE RESULTS FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME
New research has found that children who participated in Parents as Teachers Sunnyside Unified School District’s home visitation program performed significantly better over time on English, reading and math assessments, while their parents demonstrated improved parenting quality. Parents as Teachers home visiting program in the District serves more than 300 families in Pima County, Arizona.
The peer-reviewed research study, Parents as Teachers home visiting intervention: A path to improved academic outcomes, school behavior, and parenting skills, was conducted by LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc., a research and evaluation firm in Tucson, AZ. It found statistically significant findings for the 625-983 children in grades 3-12 who participated in the Sunnyside Unified School District PAT program.
The results revealed that the students:
Performed significantly better on Arizona’s English Language Arts assessment.
Performed significantly better on phonics and reading comprehension tests.
Demonstrated a significantly larger gain in Arizona’s math assessment.
Had significantly lower average absence rates (for four school years).
Had significantly higher average scores in Arizona reading and writing assessments among English learners.
Showed fewer in-school suspension days (for one school year).
For the more than 300 participating parents, the study showed that they:
Demonstrated significantly improved parenting quality while in the program.
Showed significant improvements in Protective Factors which are: Family functioning; social support; and concrete support.
Allison Kemner, VP of research and quality at the National Center, said, “Because the study shows that children and their families succeed on numerous indicators – well beyond the early grades – we are confident that our evidence-based model generates significant impact for families.”
Sunnyside PAT Director Joan Katz said, “This means that when we meet families where they are and provide sustainable parenting tools, families with young children are more likely to succeed. It’s an amazing program we provide and now we know it’s working for Tucson families.”