Stopping delinquency before it starts

I’m currently attending a New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Delinquency Prevention.   Conference planners invited Parents as Teachers to talk about how we prevent kids from becoming involved in delinquent behavior.  My co-presenter (who did a terrific job) was Michelle LaRue who provides Parents as Teachers services to teenage moms at FamCare, Inc., here in New Jersey.

If you thought our outcomes were limited to school readiness, think again. It’s very clear that kids who test better in third grade are not as likely to wind up in jail as adults.  No great leap to know that those who start school well-equipped to learn are more likely to avoid delinquency.  It was a good thought exercise to apply a different frame to the work we do.

I would love to hear how other folks make this connection to funders and decision-makers.