Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Parents need accurate information about raising young children and the appropriate expectations for their behavior. This protective factor helps to define what parenting looks like when families have good information and skills to help their children at every stage of development.  It is especially important when parents are committed to change the parenting patterns they experienced as children – and need alternatives for their own children.

When asked, parents have described this protective factor as:

  • I stay curious and am responsive to what my child needs.
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development = health.
  • Being a great parent is part natural and part learned.

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, a research brief from the Center for the Study of Social Policy.


Information adapted from the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.