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Innovative Approaches to Supporting Families of Young Children

  • Cheri J. Shapiro
  • Charlyn Harper Browne

About this book


This invaluable reference introduces successful strengths-based programs for aiding families of young children in critical social contexts: family, school, community, and policy. The wide range of systems/contextual approaches described here are based in current understanding of children’s development, stress and resilience in families, cultural competence, and the two-generational approach to intervention. Research-based examples across early care and early learning platforms illustrate the links between parental protective factors and children’s academic and social outcomes, and between family stability and larger social goals. By supporting parents and children equally, the contributors assert, these interventions more fully address developmental and family issues than programs that mainly serve one generation or the other.

Included in the coverage:
• Parent and community focused approaches to supporting parents of young children: the Family Networks Project.
• Honoring parenting values, expectations, and approaches across cultures.
• Building young children's executive functions at home and in early care and education settings.
• Promoting early childhood development in the pediatric medical home.
• Neighborhood approaches to supporting families of young children.
• Public policy strategies to promote the well-being of families with young children.

Innovative Approaches for Supporting Parents of Young Children benefits professionals and practitioners working to support families of young children, particularly those interested in social work, psychology, public policy, and public health.


Family Well-being Early Childhood Development Family Interventions Protective Factors in Early Care Strengths-based Approach Cultural Competence Supporting Parents Trauma-informed Care Child Well-being Healthy Development Vulnerable Children Child and Family Policy Pediatric Medical Homes Mothers with Substance Use Disorders Working with Vulnerable Families

Editors and affiliations

  • Cheri J. Shapiro
    • 1
  • Charlyn Harper Browne
    • 2
  1. 1.University of South CarolinaInstitute for Families in Society University of South CarolinaCOLUMBIAUSA
  2. 2.Center for the Study of Social Policy WashingtonUSA

About the editors

Cheri Shapiro, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in direct service, administrative, and research settings. Her research interests include implementation of evidence-based parenting interventions and prevention of a range of maladaptive outcomes in youth including behavioral problems, child maltreatment, and delinquency. Dr. Shapiro served as Project Director of the federally funded U.S. Triple P System Population Trial and Principal Investigator of The Family Networks Project, a federally funded research and demonstration project designed to examine strategies for strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment in young children with disabilities. Recent projects include examining the impact of incarceration on families, risk factors in criminal justice populations, evidence-based parenting programs for children with disabilities, and brief parenting interventions. 

Charlyn Harper Browne, PhD, is a Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). At CSSP, Dr. Browne has served as Project Director of the National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood and is a member of two other project teams: the “Strengthening Families Initiative” and the “Youth Thrive—Healthy Adolescent Development and Well-Being” project. In both cases, she is primarily responsible for synthesizing and contributing to the research base that is foundational to the projects. Prior to joining CSSP, Browne served as a college professor and administrator for 32 years teaching in undergraduate psychology departments and graduate counseling departments. Her educational background includes extensive post-graduate studies in clinical child and family psychology after earning a doctoral degree in early childhood education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Innovative Approaches to Supporting Families of Young Children
  • Editors Cheri J. Shapiro
    Charlyn Harper Browne
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-39057-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81807-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-39059-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 197
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Developmental Psychology
    Social Policy
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