Office of the Governor
is the toughest job for which we receive no training. Why not? Wouldn’t
it be easier and more cost effective to build strong Illinois parents
than to repair broken Illinois children?
easiest way to reach ALL Illinois parents is to prepare future parents
– to provide child-rearing classes for children and teenagers.
research has taught us how early experiences shape children’s
physical and mental growth. We learned how different parenting practices
influence children’s development and behavior. Why not impart
this knowledge to children and teenagers before most of them become
parents? Why not prepare them to raise physically and mentally healthy
children? Parenting education for children and teens can even improve
the academic performance of the next generation.
classes can address issues of abuse, neglect and other early childhood
deprivations which cause permanent neurological damage that impairs
the ability to concentrate, to reason, to control impulses, to empathize
with others and learn from the consequences of behavior. Illinois
potential parents need to know that everyday interactions with children
zero to three can be extremely powerful in shaping language development,
reading and the learning capacity of their future children.
preparation can enhance the capacity for nurturing and maintaining
healthy relationships among today’s children and teens preventing
violence and teen pregnancy..
heartily support your efforts to provide universal pre-school for
Illinois children. Add parenting education in the schools and perhaps
we’ll save some Illinois children from being broken before
they even get to preschool.
and Consumer Science teachers across Illinois teach a smattering
of child development and parenting to Illinois middle school and
high school students.
Blagojevic, you will be a hero to us and our children and our children’s
children. We ask you to begin plans to provide parenting education
to all students in our schools sometime before they graduate from
high school. As a beginning, we encourage you to visit www.PrepareTomorrowsParents.org
where you can find out more about what is being done throughout
the nation to prepare tomorrow’s parents.
to the Illinois Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents Month Index Page
to Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month Index Page