Parent Education is a Critical Component for Promoting Healthy Child Development


A recent publication from The Future of Children, called Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development, speaks to the role that parent education can play.

The themes and articles presented in this important volume include:

• moving away from a singular emphasis on “fixing” flawed parents and toward enhancing the context in which parents raise their children

• shifting the focus from stopping or preventing the negative to promoting the positive

• measuring success in terms of changes not just among individual participants of a program but also among population-level indicators

• creating a framework in which universal strategies contribute to a more equitable and efficient allocation of costly targeted prevention and clinical services

• redefining the balance among competing goals: child safety, enhanced child development, and parental autonomy

• expanding the way we learn what works best to promote healthy development, going beyond clinical trials to broader questions of implementation and continuous improvement.

“Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development” was edited by Deb Daro of the University of Chicago, Ken Dodge of Duke University, and Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, with funding from the Duke Endowment, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and First 5 LA. The issue is accompanied by a policy brief, “Achieving Broad-Scale Impacts for Social Programs.”

You can obtain the issue of this publication as a free download HERE

For information about all the publications and work of the Future of Children, visit their Website,

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