Since parents play a leading role in children’s early learning and development, enhancing skills and supports for parents in promoting school readiness in young children during earlier transitions to school may bolster later school readiness. Therefore the proposed project objectives are to: (1) Adapt a school readiness parenting program, the School Readiness Parenting Program (SRPP), to support families transitioning from Early Head Start (EHS) to HS; (2) Investigate the acceptability and feasibility of the adapted SRPP (i.e., SRPP-BRIDGE); and (3) Evaluate the initial efficacy of SRPP-BRIDGE in improving parental involvement, positive parenting skills, and children’s academic and social-emotional outcomes in the transition to HS compared to an active comparison group. The study will use a randomized design (n=60; 30 families assigned to each condition) with structured observations and assessments (pre-intervention, post-intervention, and 6-month follow-up). Parent participants will be included in the study if: a) their child is transitioning out of EHS, b) they plan to enroll their child in HS preschool, and c) they can commit to weekly 2-hr sessions over the course of four-weeks during the summer transition to HS. The findings from the proposed project will ultimately help to inform best practices for supporting families in their transition from EHS to HS.
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects