What is it about?

This paper looks at the characteristics of 246 Early Head Start children and their families. We found that the combination of parents' parenting stress, family functioning, well-being, and social support relate to young children's problem behavior and social skills.

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Why is it important?

These findings suggest that supporting positive family functioning and decreasing family stress may help influence children's positive behavior. When Early Head Start and other early care and education programs support families, there may also be benefits for young children and their social skills development.


My co-authors and I hope this article helps to further reinforce the benefits of early educators engaging and supporting families. Personally, these findings remind me that early care and education quality is multi-faceted; it is not only what happens in a classroom between an educator and a child, it is also the relationship between the educators and family and the support a program offers to families.

Alison Hooper
University of Alabama

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This page is a summary of: Linking early head start children’s social–emotional functioning with profiles of family functioning and stress., Journal of Family Psychology, August 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/fam0001014.
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