ParentCorps

Program basics

  • Early childhood, family-centered intervention that takes place in schools and early childhood centers
  • Designed to promote child social-emotional competence, executive function, and early learning by helping parents and teachers create safe, nurturing, and predictable environments for children
  • Includes 14-week parenting program, 14-week social-emotional learning curriculum, and professional development for school leaders and staff
  • Developed to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and education over the lifespan
  • Available in English, Spanish and Chinese

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)

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Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the second-highest level of evidence by the National Institute of Justice


Target population

Parents with children under the age of 5

Program cost

$2,070 per student

Implementation locations

  • New York City, NY; Detroit, MI; Corpus Christi, TX

Dates active

2000-present

Outcomes and impact

  • Higher kindergarten achievement test scores
  • Higher academic performance, as rated by teachers, from kindergarten through second grade
  • Prevention of mental health problems at school (both emotional and behavioral) as problems emerge in first through second grade
  • Increases in parents’ knowledge and use of evidence-based practices, and parent involvement in children’s learning, as rated by both teachers and parents
  • Statistically significant effect on academic performance at the end of second grade

Keys to successful implementation

  • To build parent capacity, ParentCorps focuses on five specific strategies: building authentic relationships, honoring culture, understanding race and racism, translating the science of early child development, and practicing self-reflection.
  • Materials and strategies are used flexibly to fit with school context.
  • Outreach is designed to support relationship building from the start of the year and reduce the stigma parents may feel when invited to a parenting program.
  • Outreach and participant recruitment are designed to be inclusive. Designated family support staff lead parent outreach, ideally with involvement of school leaders. Pre-K teachers, parents, and other adults important to the child are encouraged to join the parenting program.
  • A focus on parent voice is foundational for reaching parents experiencing adversity due to poverty, racism, and discrimination- and immigration-related stress.

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