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Additional Resources

Family Relationships

Building Family Strengths. (1995). A family 4-H project in which all members of the family participate. The life-skills projects are done in the home. Written by Illinois Extension educators. The information is available through your local Illinois Extension county offices.

Celebrate Your Family - A Learn-At-Home Series. This is a general program for all families that gives them a chance to understand and explore the strengths of their family. Two six-issue newsletters have been developed by Pennsylvania State University to help all types of families learn to have fun together, identify their strengths and develop ways of communicating better. Written by Illinois Extension Family Life educators. The information is available through your local Illinois Extension county offices.

Effective Black Parenting. Cognitive-behavioral parenting skill-building program. Instructor's Manual (1985). Kergy T. Alvy, Ph.D. & Marilyn Marigna, M.S.W., The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, 11331 Ventura Blvd., Suite 103, Studio City, CA 91604, 818-980-0903, Cost - $150,
Transparencies - $135

Family 4-H (available in English and Spanish) (1996). Family 4-H provides six weekly meeting trainings to explore six topics. It reinforces the opportunity for adults to become important for their children and encourages the inclusion of relatives, neighbors and other community members. Written by Illinois Extension educators. The information is available through your local Illinois Extension county offices.

Polite Is Right. (1995). A curriculum designed to teach children social skills and encourage the use of considerate behavior in social settings. Written by Illinois Extension Educators. The information is available through your local Illinois Extension county offices.

Learning Styles

Every Child Can Succeed - Making the Most of Your Child's Learning Style. Cynthia Tobias (1996). Practical, proven techniques for helping your kids accomplish goals in their own unique ways. Parents appreciate the different ways that children receive, process, and respond to information. Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO. Cost $16.95

The Way They Learn - How to discover and teach to your child's strengths. Cynthia Tobias (1994) Resource to introduce the variety of learning styles that shape the way students interpret their world. Once these approaches are understood, parents and teachers can become far more effective in helping children grasp confusing concepts, stay interested in lessons, and utilize their strengths. Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO. Cost $10.95

Your Learning Styles and Finding Your Best Learning Styles and Study. (1991). The Peoples Publishing Group, Inc., 230 W Passaic St, Maywood, NJ 07607-1267, 1-800-822-1080. Cost $5.99.

Your Learning Styles and Time Management. (1991). The Peoples Publishing Group, Inc., 230 W Passaic St, Maywood, NJ 07607-1267, 1-800-822-1080. Cost $5.99.

Your Learning Styles and Listening Strategies. (1991). The Peoples Publishing Group, Inc., 230 W Passaic St, Maywood, NJ 07607-1267, 1-800-822-1080. Cost $5.99.

Teacher-Parent Relationship

Cooperative Extension University of California County of San Diego Back Pack Program. Parents receive a back pack of material each week from their child's classroom teacher. It is filled with one week of games, crafts, and readings that are applicable to that week's curriculum lesson. San Diego 4-H, 5555 Overland Avenue, Bldg. #4, San Diego, CA 92123. (619)694-8836.

Cooperative Extension University of Illinois County of DuPage and Cook DuPage Organized for Violence Education Family Works series uses topics to reinforce family strengths. The concept of these series is to build family unity and reduce violence in their community.

Parents as Teachers (1981). The Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program was initiated as a pilot project in 1981 to demonstrate the value of high-quality parent education and family support in strengthening the skills parents needed to enhance their children's development from birth to age 3. Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., 2228 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, (314) 432-4330. Cost $425 to $575 for teacher training (Publication only available through training).

Parent Involvement: Keys to Success. A manual designed for Illinois Accelerated Schools offers a process and selected materials to assist schools in helping parents to become involved in their children's education and to help parents, schools, and community leaders in the process of becoming involved in education. Illinois State Board of Education, 100 North First Street, Springfield, IL 62777-0001, (217) 782-4321.

Teacher - Parent Relationships by Jeannette Galambos Stone (1987). Booklet deals with teachers and parents reacting to children and to each other during their first moments together in children's centers and then during their many contacts there. Focus on Birth - 8 years Cost $3.50. National Association for the Education of Young, 1509 16th St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 232-8777.

Organizations of Support

Center on Schools, Families and Community Partnership
3003 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8800

Center for Understanding Aging
P.O. Box 246
Southington, CT 06489
(860) 621-2079

Children's Defense Fund
25 East Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 628-8787

Community Update
US Department of Education
Washington, D.C. 20202-0498
1-USA-LEARN

The Family Involvement Partnership for Learning
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8173
(800) USA-LEARN

Strong Families, Strong Schools

Get Involved! How Parents and Families Can Help Their Children Do Better in School

Be Family-Friendly: It's Good Business! How Business Can Support Family Involvement in Education

Team Up For Kids! How Schools Can Support Family Involvement in Education

Join Together For Kids! How Communities Can Support Family Involvement in Education

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
(217) 782-4321 - Springfield
(312) 814-2220 - Chicago

National Black Child Development Institute
1023 15th St, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 200005
(202) 387-1281

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20852-2345
(800) 729-6686
Spanish and English available

Prevention First, Inc.
2800 Montvale
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 793-7353 or (800) 252-8951
or
720 N. Franklin, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60610
(800) 572-5385

School-Age NOTES
P.O. Box 40205
Nashville, TN 37204
(800) 410-8780

Search Institute
Thresher Square West
700 South Third Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN. 55415
1-800-888-7828

Getting Parents Involved in Schools.

Youth Update RESPECTEEN (November 1994). The value of parent involvement and ideas for enhancing parent involvement.

Building Assets: What Parents Can Do (February 1995).

Connecting Schools and Families.

SOURCE (October 1994)

This is not a complete listing of resources. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by University of Illinois Extension.