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Synopsis of the Fresno County Parenting Education Assessment

In response to high rates of childhood maltreatment, and in alignment with their Strategic Plan, First 5 Fresno County developed the Fresno County Parenting Education Assessment Project in 2010. First 5 Fresno County has determined that parents with young children need a stronger knowledge of healthy child development and the role of parents in supporting their child’s development. In 2011, a Parent Education Coordinator was hired to conduct an in-depth assessment of the current parenting education programs offered in the county. The Parent Education Coordinator will develop a database or inventory of existing parenting education resources available to Fresno County parents and their children. Face-to-face interviews with organizations that provide parenting education programs and other supportive services will be conducted. Based on the findings of these interviews, the Coordinator will determine the need for expansion or modifications of services to include recommending establishment of new family support service, ranging from the basic parenting education to intensive services for our highest risk families in Fresno County.

Use of a detailed questionnaire was developed to assess existing organizations’ parent education programs to include: curriculum, staffing, funding, frequency/duration, incentives, supportive services, etc. The information collected will be used to identify gaps in services in Fresno County as well as provide recommendations on best practices in terms of parent education curriculum that is culturally appropriate and meets the needs of Fresno County’s diverse demographics.

Organizations that conduct parent education will be made available on this website at a future time. Please check back for parent education locations in your area and pertaining to your child’s age range. If you are an organization that sponsors or conducts parent education and would like to be included in this county wide assessment please contact Jessica Shadrick at jessicas@cvcsn.org.

Organizational Partnerships:

Central Valley Children’s Services Network
Child Safety Core Council Planning Team:
Gayle Duffy
Cassandra Joubert
Pam Kallsen
Nancy Richardson
Courtney Shapiro
Alicia Gonzalez


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