University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Pamela J. Turbeville Colloquium Presents Dr. Catherine Ayoub

“Mechanisms of Early Head Start Programming on Parent and Family Characteristics, Parent-child Interaction, and Child Outcomes”
Friday, February 24th 2012
3:00PM-4:30PM, McClelland Park RM 105
(Reception to follow in McClelland Park Lobby)

Abstract: In the last two decades we have learned a great deal about the importance of positive early environments on developmental outcomes for children living in poverty. However, we have just begun to explore the multiple programming mechanisms and mediating processes that influence acquisition of these positive developmental skills. This presentation will examine the mechanisms of Early Head Start programming on the development of self-regulatory and language skills in children at 14, 24, and 36 months of age. We found relationships between family risks, parenting-related stresses, and parent–child interactions that contribute either independently or through mediation to the child’s acquisition of self-regulatory skills even when accounting for the influence of language development. EHS programming mechanisms will be discussed in order to better understand their implications for practice. Finally, the new Office for Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework will be examined in order to illustrate ways in which research findings can guide system-wide development of programming elements that support parents in raising healthy children even in the face of adversity.

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