Developing Best Practices and Resources in Parenting Education

Worksite Location
Jefferson County
Faculty Sponsor
Rachel Dunifon
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Kimberly Kopko
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Amanda Root
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

After analyzing and determining the top 10 reasons parenting referrals are made to Jefferson County parenting programs, a best practice/resource matrix will be developed. The matrix will provide research and evidence- based resources (curricula, activities, websites, etc.) that a parenting educator can access and utilize with families depending on the nature of the referral.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student intern will review referral forms and develop a list of the reasons referrals are made. The intern will research current curricula used in Jefferson County, gaps in information needed, resources used in other CCE organizations, and resources used throughout the Extension system. The intern will develop a best practice/resource matrix reflecting the needs of Jefferson County caregivers and the potential resources available to meet those needs.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

The student is expected to be highly motivated, possess strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently with minimal direct supervision. He/she must appreciate, understand, and adhere to strict confidentiality protocols.

Benefits and Skills

- Understand the difference between research and evidence-based curricula
- Identify appropriate parenting resources for use in the Cornell Cooperative Extension System
- Understand the connection between academic research, curricula development, and impl