Dr. Patrece Charles Executive Director The Job of A Parent Parenting, while a rewarding and satisfying experience, is often an overwhelming, stressful and frustrating job, especially when caring for children behavioural problems or special needs. with The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) Provide skills and services to support and strengthening positive parenting practices. To facilitate the development of an enabling environment in schools and communities, in which to improve parenting practices. Parenting Support The Government, recognized the challenges some parents face, and realized that it “must create structures and services to enable parents to learn and practice good parenting skills”, especially as it relates to Early Childhood Development Parenting support during the ECD Support their child’s education and to deal with issues that could affect a child, young person and family’s well-being. This could include: advice, support and guidance on a range of issues and help for families to find other learning opportunities, such as parenting programmes, or family and adult learning where children can learn with their parents. Benefits of Parental Involvement in ECD The child: Becomes motivated Develops the ability to work independently Develops positive learning habits Interacts well with his/her teacher The parent develops: Increased understanding about child’s school & expectation Better interaction with child Increased level of selfesteem Better parent-teacher relations INTEGRATED APPROACHES TO SUPPORTING PARENTS A Parents’ Place is a “one-stop-shop” for parents, a place in or near every major community, identifiable by its logo and by its activities. It is a comfortable and attractive place for parents to go for parenting information, for courses and workshops, for mutual support from other parents, and—where resources and creativity allow—other needed or desirable activities, such as social and recreational family activities, counselling and other helping services, and income-support training activities for parents’ economic betterment.