Targeted Parent Assistance

Targeted Parent Assistance (TPA) is an outcome-oriented, goal-driven process for providing parent-to-parent support.

We developed the TPA model with support from Dr. Kim Kendziora and Dr. David Osher from the American Institutes for Research (AIR). In the TPA model, targets for promoting deeper levels of parent engagement guide the work of staff to provide support to parents.

The TPA targets form a parent engagement continuum that

  • describes increasing levels of parent engagement,

  • identifies interventions and supports appropriate to each level of parent engagement,

  • deepens engagement by offering connections to other families and information about larger issues in multiple formats and lay language,

  • structures opportunities to promote increasing levels of parent voice and choice,

  • differentiates services provided to parents engaged at various levels, and

  • tracks effectiveness of interventions and supports according to three factors that enable movement on the continuum:

  • parent participation in meetings and functions,

  • parent assessment of the usefulness of program supports, and

  • child progress in education (attendance, reading and math assessments) and mental health measures (CBCL).

Please explore this section of the site to learn how TPA helps us provide effective information and support to parents.