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B.e.e. Program

Begin Education Early

Program Objectives

The services of the B.e.e. program are based on the assumption that parents are children's first and most important teachers. In order to fulfill this role, parents require information that offers them knowledge, skills, and alternatives for interacting with their children. Thus, the B.e.e. program seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Parents will understand that they are the first and most important teachers in the lives of their children.

  2. Parents will increase their knowledge and skills in order to provide appropriate support to their children through understanding and encouragement.

  3. Parents will increase their knowledge and skills in order to provide appropriate guidance for their children through positive discipline and alternatives to spanking.

  4. Parents will increase their knowledge of ways to positively affect the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of their children in order to improve their children's school-readiness.

As a result of the B.e.e. program, parents will increase their knowledge of the skills that children need in order to be ready for school. Just as important, they will develop a more sophisticated knowledge of the parenting behaviors and skills that increase the likelihood of helping their children achieve these skills. Specifically, they will show an increased awareness of their role in their children's development and how to positively impact it. They will show increased knowledge and skills in providing appropriate guidance for their children, including alternatives to physical, coercive, and harsh punishment. They will show increased knowledge and skills in providing appropriate support for their children, including showing understanding and the use of encouragement, and increasing their use of language to stimulate children's verbal skills. For more information about program impact, go to the Evaluation page.

The community benefit of the B.e.e. program (especially in counties able to support home visitation with the use of a highly visible B.e.e. van) is a greater awareness of the importance of the early years of a child's life in building a basis for success in school and in life. In the long run, increased parent and family involvement in constructive learning activities at home and in the community will help reduce child abuse and neglect, school drop-outs, and juvenile crime.