Strong Families from the Start

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

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Happy, engaged children at the E. John Gavras Center


Accurate information about child development and appropriate expectations for children’s behavior at every age help parents see their children and youth in a positive light and promote their healthy development. Information can come from many sources, including family members as well as parent education classes and surfing the internet. Studies show information is most effective when it comes at the precise time parents need it to understand their own children. Parents who experienced harsh discipline or other negative childhood experiences may need extra help to change the parenting patterns they learned as children.

For more on parenting best practices and child development, visit our Get Knowledge section.

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