When you hop in your car you can program your GPS system to help you find the place you want to go; without this technology, many of us would be driving around hopelessly lost, and unable to find our destination.
When you become a parent, sometimes you wish someone would hand you some directions on how to cope with all the twists and turns on your parenting journey.
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, in conjunction with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, recently rolled out their own GPS, in this case Guiding Parents Smoothly, which helps parents navigate the convoluted route of parenthood.
The system is designed as an online quiz and asks you a series of up to ten questions about your baby.
For those of you with testophobia, you can relax; you’re not graded, you can go at your own pace and there’s no right or wrong answer.
This quiz helps families think about their child’s brain and development, parent child relationships and relationships their baby has with other people (like the caregivers a baby is left with when mom and dad are working or go out).
According to the Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children website, “Families choose the answer that best fits their situation and receive customized tips and resources based on their answer. You can also complete a short worksheet with ways you want to use these tips in your daily life.”
Kelly Swanson, Communications Director for Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, says, "We heard from families and those that work with families that it can be hard to find reliable resources, and even know what to look for, that can help them support their child's growth and development. The GPS pulls together a wealth of reliable resources, many from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, in a way that families can think about their own situation and make the right choices for them."
Swanson works for an organization charged with the mission to raise awareness about the importance of providing young children with quality early learning opportunities. Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Build Initiative, The Heinz Endowments, William Penn Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality.
For those of you with toddlers and preschoolers the GPS for this age group is slated to be launched in spring 2013. To view the GPS, visit www.papromiseforchildren.com and click on the logo