Glen Palm and Betty Cooke. Parent Education and Family Life Education: A Critical Link in Early Childhood Education Policy. July 2018. National Council on Family Relations.
Research suggests that the most effective initiatives for positive outcomes for early childhood development include a focus on the whole family. By building the capacity of parents, instead of focusing exclusively on children's school readiness and academic success, greater impact is achieved in the child's early development. The brief further examines the research on parent education and Family Life Education and offers policy recommendations for implementing best practice parenting programs. An executive summary is also available.