Parent engagement in an original and culturally adapted evidence-based parenting program, Legacy for Children™

Marvin So, Ana L. Almeida Rojo, Lara R. Robinson, Sophie A. Hartwig, Akilah R. Heggs Lee, Lana O. Beasley, Jane F. Silovsky, Amanda Sheffield Morris, Kelly Stiller Titchener, Martha I. Zapata

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Legacy for Children™ (Legacy) is an evidence-based program focused on promoting sensitive, responsive parenting for socioeconomically disadvantaged families. Legacy has recently been culturally and linguistically adapted for Spanish-monolingual Latino families and is being piloted in partnership with an early childhood education program. We conducted a mixed methods study to identify barriers and facilitators to engagement, using program monitoring data sources from both participant and group leader perspectives. We conducted qualitative analyses of open-ended data to identify distinct barriers (e.g., employment challenges, health-related challenges and appointments) and facilitators (e.g., other mothers in group, interest in program topics) to engagement that emerged across English and Spanish language curriculum versions; curriculum-specific barriers and facilitators were also documented. We interpret these findings in light of quantitative data on measures of engagement, showing that participants in the Spanish curriculum evidenced comparable levels of parent–group leader relationship quality relative to the English group, and higher levels of parent's group support/connectedness and overall satisfaction. These results offer promising considerations for optimizing families’ engagement in parenting programs in the context of early care and education settings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020



  • Latino
  • Legacy for Children™
  • cultural adaptation
  • mixed methods
  • parenting

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So, M., Almeida Rojo, A. L., Robinson, L. R., Hartwig, S. A., Heggs Lee, A. R., Beasley, L. O., Silovsky, J. F., Morris, A. S., Stiller Titchener, K., & Zapata, M. I. (Accepted/In press). Parent engagement in an original and culturally adapted evidence-based parenting program, Legacy for Children™. Infant Mental Health Journal.