What Are the Effects of Pairing Head Start Services for Children With Career Pathway Training for Parents?

What Are the Effects of Pairing Head Start Services for Children With Career Pathway Training for Parents?

Pairing career pathway training for parents with early-childhood education for their children leads to positive outcomes for both generations, an issue brief from the Aspen Institute finds. The brief, What Are the Effects of Pairing Head Start Services for Children With Career Pathway Training for Parents? (8 pages, PDF), found that CareerAdvance®, a multi-generational intervention program developed by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County that combines healthcare certification programs and wraparound early care and education, helped boost participants' certificate attainment, employment, and overall well-being while also improving their children's Head Start attendance. The brief also found that despite the challenges of balancing work, school, and parenting, participating parents did not exhibit higher levels of stress or psychological distress compared with those in a control group.