In 1994, President Clinton signed a resolution establishing the fourth Sunday of July as National Parents’ Day. This holiday is designed to celebrate parents and promote responsible parenting.
In the spirit of honoring the important role of parents, OCSE is proud to award $10.9 million to 11 state and tribal child support agencies to develop programs that educate teens and young adults about the financial, legal, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. The agencies will integrate child support and responsible parenting education into a variety of youth-centered systems by collaborating with:
- Youth job development programs
- Foster care transition services
- Juvenile justice agencies
- Teen pregnancy prevention programs
- Community colleges
- Public schools
Activities funded by this grant will also help youth who are already parents access the legal and financial resources needed to successfully raise their children. These efforts build on child support education strategies designed to establish healthy relationship skills, teach parenting skills, reduce unplanned pregnancies, prevent relationship violence, and enhance life skills.
Continuing OCSE’s efforts to support parents
This second group of grantees will join the eight programs who received their awards in 2020 for a three-year term. Like the first group, grantees will spend the first year refining the program design, evaluation plans, and curricula; formalizing collaborative partnerships with public and private agencies serving teens and young adults; and pilot testing. The second and third years will be devoted to implementing, tracking, evaluating, and refining program activities. The new grantees will also participate in peer learning activities to learn from the first group of awardees.
Stay tuned for future articles that will share assessments of these grant activities and describe effective strategies for child support education and outreach. You can find the latest OCSE grant news on our website.
Linda Boyer, Acting Commissioner
This blog gives the commissioner a forum to communicate directly with child support professionals and other stakeholders about relevant topics. The Commissioner’s Voice is reprinted from the July 2021 Child Support Report newsletter.