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EPIC publishes policy memo on parenting interventions
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Parenting interventions refer to any parent or family-based education programme that aims to make a positive impact on children’s emotional, cognitive, behavioural and health-related outcomes through the improvement of parenting skills and the parent-child relationship.

This EPIC policy memo provides a brief introduction to parenting interventions, including what they are, why they are important, and how they can be used to promote lifelong health and resilience in children. This memo also provides guidance on:

  • the types of parenting interventions that are available and how they could be accessed
  • the factors that must be considered in deciding when, where and for whom specific parenting interventions should be implemented.

The target audience of this memo is organisations providing support and/or guidance to parents.

In the Spotlight
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A core part of EPIC is the repository of Evidence-Based Practices for child wellbeing and development. The repository presents practices that have been categorised as 'Best', 'Promising' or 'Emergent' based on the quality of their evidence. Their evidence level is determined using an evaluation framework which looks at three main criteria: 1) evidence of effectiveness; 2) transferability; and, 3) enduring impact of the practice. Users can search for practices by country, 2013 Recommendation Pillar, age group, target group, and type of implementing organisation.

New Evidence-Based Practice uploaded on the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) website

Adaptive Word Retrieval Programme
The Adaptive Word Retrieval programme is a school based study that aims to enhance children’s vocabulary acquisition in kindergarten. The programme builds on previous research findings suggesting that active retrieval might help with the consolidation of words from episodic (based on experiences) to semantic (language) memory by translating context-specific information to people’s existing knowledge. Children that were assigned to the intervention group received extra word retrieval activities such as semantic feedback for words the children did not learn during the classroom vocabulary programme.

The main aim of the programme was to enhance children’s vocabulary acquisition in kindergarten. The study was implemented in the Netherlands across different regions with a wide range of economic backgrounds. Study findings indicate that children participating in the programme have higher growth in knowledge of target words.

Upcoming Events

18/06/2019 & 19/06/2019
ISSA Conference 2019: Nurturing Environments for the Wellbeing of Young Children and their Families
Leiden, The Netherlands
The annual conference of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) will explore topics in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care.

27/08/2019 - 29/08/2019
7th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) “Children of the World: The Touch of Change. Theories, Policies, Practices"
Tartu, Estonia
The conference, hosted by the University of Tartu, will focus on topics related to developing and using indicators of child and adolescent wellbeing.

NEWS ITEMS
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EPIC tracks new developments in child and family policies in EU Member States
Every month, The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) publishes a round-up of the latest developments in child and family policy in EU member states. This collates information about new policies and initiatives including information about a wide spectrum of developments, legislative changes, new programmes and new evaluation tools.

If there are any new policies and practices in EU member states that you would like us to feature in this update, please send the details to epic@rand.org.

April 2019 developments in child and family policy in EU member states

EuroCohort project prepares to launch the first Europe-wide longitudinal child wellbeing study
A Horizon 2020-funded project involving academic institutions from 13 European countries is developing the first pan-European cohort research study to monitor child wellbeing in Europe over a 25-year period.

The €2 million project, involving academic institutions from the UK, Spain, Estonia, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia and Finland, aims to develop the research design and infrastructure to implement a Europe-wide cohort study.

The subsequent longitudinal study, if funded, will track a group of children through their first 25 years of life to understand the impact of their living conditions and national policies on their development and wellbeing as they grow up. Data will be released on a periodic basis for use by researchers and policymakers.

This data will give policymakers and researchers insights into key transitions in children’s lives, including the impact of policies over time, and the ability to make international comparisons on child and youth wellbeing.

For further details of the project please see the ECDP briefing papers.

YOUR FEEDBACK
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The EPIC team is interested in your feedback on user experiences with EPIC (in particular the Practices that Work section). How do you use the information posted on EPIC? Do national experts and practitioners work with the information posted on EPIC? Do practitioners and decision makers use the collected Evidence-Based Practices? Please email us at EMPL-EPIC@ec.europa.eu.
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