Partnering with faith-based organizations to promote positiveparenting: Example and lessons learned

Martha Isabel Zapata, Amanda Sheffield, Amy Emerson, Jens E. Jespersen, Kelly Stiller-Titchener

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Abstract

We evaluated an early literacy initiative implemented in partnership with faith-based organizations. Heads ofthe initiative train church leaders to host monthly literacy events during which those leaders educate parentsabout child development and model dialogic reading behaviors while caregivers and their children follow along. A survey and focus group sessions with caregivers and church leaders indicated high satisfaction with theinitiative, a reported increase in literacy-promoting practices among caregivers, and perceived gains inchildren's literacy skills attributed to participation in the literacy events. Extension educators can use or adaptelements of the initiative to promote positive parenting practices and early literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume58
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Community-based interventions
  • Early literacy
  • Faith-based partnerships
  • Outreach strategies
  • Parenting programs

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