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Protective Factor 3

Build Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Parents who understand normal child development have reasonable expectations for their children. Parents who have alternative strategies for dealing with children’s challenging behavior can avoid harsh punishments.

At early childhood centers, parents can observe other children’s behavior and how teachers deal with that behavior. They can watch their own children interact with others and strategize with teachers and program staff to resolve problems. Providers can also offer parenting education workshops on topics that parents request to build their knowledge of parenting and child development.


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