Parenting: The First Three Years A Group-Based Positive Parenting Program

by Juvata Rusch, MA, MS, and Laura Backen Jones, PhD

Review by Mary K Rothbart, PhD

Summer 2007 - Volume 11 Number 3

Adverse events in childhood have been linked to later addiction, disease, disability, and early death,1 suggesting the importance to public health of programs supporting parents and families in the early years. The Birth To Three organization, founded in Eugene, Oregon in 1978, provides support groups and dissemination of scientifically validated information on child development to new parents. Birth To Three has now served many thousands of parents in the US and abroad. Parents learn how to raise competent and caring children in a socially supportive environment. With Birth To Three's recent publication of Parenting: The First Three Years, other organizations and communities can implement this novel and exciting approach to improving the early lives of children. Pediatric services, health prevention programs, hospital and home nursing services, community parent education and extension services will all benefit from this support-group-based curriculum.


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