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parent education,

movement to help parents' understanding of the problems of children at home and in the school. Much parent education is carried on through the channels of adult educationadult education,
extension of educational opportunities to those adults beyond the age of general public education who feel a need for further training of any sort, also known as continuing education.
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, both formally and informally. The National Congress of Parents and Teachers (founded as the National Congress of Mothers in 1897) is active in disseminating literature, promoting discussion groups, and lobbying for educational funding. The organization has some 6.6 million members, in 26,000 local parent-teacher associations (PTAs) located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas Defense Dept. schools. This number is down from a membership of about 12 million in 1966, a result, partly, of increasing single-parent households and working mothers, the failure of the organization to attract minority families, and what has been seen as its unwavering loyalty to teachers' causes. Many schools have active independent school-parents partnerships with strictly local goals.

Bibliography

See publications of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers. See also S. Jaffee and J. Viertel, Becoming Parents (1979); C. Cataldo, Parent Education for Early Childhood (1986); S. P. McCaleb, Building Communities of Learners (1994).

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The seeds of Alberta's current parent education program were planted with the commencement of the Edmonton Custody Mediation Project in January 1985.
These findings are consistent with those of Lineberger (1987) who found no change in self-esteem of adolescents who attended a prenatal parent education program.
The parent education program plans to stage a 25-year reunion and celebration in September 2004 - and hopes to reach the estimated 70,000-plus people who've participated in the nonprofit agency's parenting groups.
Helen von Seggern has been affiliated with the parent education program at Burbank Adult School since 1959.
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Having heard of the Child Development and Parent Education Program in Rochester, Studebaker turned to that city to find an experienced person.
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Among reasons cited for closing the program were low enrollment in English as a second language classes, minimal high school diploma class offerings, and only average interest in the parent education program.
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