ICDP expanding in USA

Congratulations to ICDP USA on successful expansion of its ICDP programme delivery.

ICDP in USA has been operating under the umbrella of the Changing Children's Worlds Foundation. Here is their Executive Summary, published on 28th of June 2016:

Background:  ICDP-USA has expanded its scope and work in 2015-16 creating community parent learning collaboratives by partnering with mental health agencies, hospitals and public health departments, schools, faith-based organizations, park districts, correctional facilities and other community organizations in Kane, DuPage and Cook counties.  The collaboratives strive to increase parent/caregiver knowledge, skills, confidence, and empathic development for parents, foster parents, school teachers, teacher aides, social workers, therapists, child care workers, nurses, programming staff, etc. 

Mental Health Agencies, Hospitals and Public Health Departments:  Partners piloting the project in 2015-2016 include the VNA Health Center of Aurora, Onarga Academy, Project Oz in Bloomington, Illinois, the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Chicago, Family Focus in Aurora, Melrose Park, Hermosa and Cicero, the VIVA Home-based Child and Family Center, Aunt Martha’s Youth Services Center in Park Forest, the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, the Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Kane County Health Department.

Schools:  Partners include the Todd Early Childhood Center, College of DuPage, Aurora, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) such as Langford Academy in Englewood, Coles Language Academy in South Chicago and Bradwell School of Excellence in South Shore, Heritage Elementary School in Streamwood, Lincoln Elementary School in Calumet, the U-46 School District (Elgin) and the Lisle School District.

Faith-based organizations:  Partners include the historic Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church and the Ark of St. Sabina Church, another leading church in Chicago.

Correctional Facilities: In 2016, ICDP initiated a new, very successful program at the Kane County Adult Justice Center for incarcerated fathers and mothers.  We began our third project in June 2016 and have produced an “Empathy” Parents in JAIL Report which will be available later in July 2016.

Other Community Organizations:  Partners include YWCA in Elgin, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, the Illinois Collaborative on Youth (ICOY) and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY), affiliated with Lurie Children’s Hospital.  CCWF also receives partner support from the Kane County Health Department, the Cook County Public Health Department, and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Children’s Networks throughout the County.

In 2015, CCWF managed 16 parent programs (over half in Spanish), trained 61 new facilitators and served 152 parent/caregivers, impacting 380 children.  In 2016, ICDP seeks to double its 2015 goals.  Capacity development begins with the training of community professionals and leaders to become resources within their communities.  They, in turn, facilitate 9-20-week long, community-based, “peer-facilitated” learning groups. Participants build a trusted, safe learning community with the goal of ensuring children have a better chance to have healthier, stable households and the ability to experience love and empathy as well as develop curiosity, critical thinking skills, positive discipline, self-regulation, and empathy for others at a young and crucial age.   While the program is valuable to all parents, it has also been successfully with targeted groups of single parents, teen parents, parents with children with special needs, immigrant parents, incarcerated parents, etc.

Evaluation:  Over the last two years, the ICDP-USA Evaluation, funded by the Prtizker Early Childhood Foundation yielded important evidence of the growing effectiveness of ICDP-USA.  Evidence suggests that ICDP is connected to positive outcomes for parents’ sense of self and their reported parenting skills and relationships --including significant increases in confidence and parental efficacy, mental health and health and well-being as well as an increase in perceptions of ICDP guidelines and activities among parents and their children.  With new motivation, caregivers have worked to develop and apply stronger empathy-based parenting skills, improving their adult-child interactions and family relationships.  The ICDP International Cycle observed that ICDP-USA is aligned with what is typically found in international program results:  (1) more effective/positive parenting practices, (2) reduced child conduct difficulties and (3) reduced parental depression (Skar, von Tetzchner, Clucas & Sherr, 2014).  Additional results that we have found include more joy in family relationships, leading to children having a greater chance to thrive and succeed academically and socially.