The mission of The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities is to integrate extension and research activities in the area of parenting education across New York State. As such, the project has established a network of Extension professionals involved in parenting work across Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations in New York State. Many of these CCE associations are involved with a number of parenting programs or projects in need of evaluation work, but Extension professionals may not have the time or resources to do the work themselves.
To address this need, The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities has developed an online system for Extension professionals to submit an application if they are interested in partnering with a faculty member to develop a service-learning opportunity for students. Staff members at The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities then use the application process to screen potential projects and match projects with interested faculty members, working to ensure a good fit in terms of content, scope, and complexity. To read about an example of this collaboration, click here.
If you are a faculty member at Cornell University interested in learning more about incorporating parenting-related materials into an upcoming course, please contact Kim Kopko.
Students: Available Research Opportunities
The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities often works one-on-one with student research assistants for academic credit or experience. In the past, students have co-authored research briefs on a variety of topics such as autism, fatherhood, and the effects of divorce. Students have also analyzed qualitative and quantitative data for our annual reports.
Due to increasing interest, we are in the process of expanding the work of student research assistants on The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities project. In the future, students will be able to tailor their experience to develop skills in writing literature reviews, analyzing qualitative or quantitative data, developing surveys, creating web content and other graphic documents to illustrate key findings, and conducting key informational interviews or focus groups.
If you are currently a student at Cornell University and have an interest in any of these areas please contact Kim Kopko.