Why the Smart Start Parenting Kit?
The Smart Start Parenting Kit is one of the most important recommendations from the 2001 Governor’s Early Learning Commission Report. According to the report, there is a lack of understanding that learning begins long before children enter school. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, and Alabama must emphasize the critical importance of early learning and childcare experiences and support parents in these early years. Therefore, Alabama seeks to develop a public awareness, education and follow-up program to support parents in their roles by providing information concerning child growth and development and related resources available in their communities. Effective distribution and follow-up with parents will be the most important component of the project.
The effectiveness and impact of the Kit were evaluated in 2003 and some of the findings are listed below.
• 86% of families surveyed said they had increased knowledge of community resources as a result of
receiving the Kit
• 83% of families surveyed said they had decreased stress as a result of receiving the Kit
• 80% of families surveyed said they had increased confidence in parenting as a result of receiving the Kit
• 83% of families surveyed said they had increased positive feelings about parenting as a result of receiving
For more information about the Smart Start Parenting Kit, please contact Tish MacInnis by calling toll-free 1-866-711-4025 or by emailing.