Figuring It Out for the Child: Co-parenting Alliances Among Expectant Unmarried African American Parents

$276,910 over three years

Figuring It Out for the Child is a novel intervention designed to help expectant, unmarried, non-co-resident African American mothers and fathers build an awareness and commitment to: 1) co-parent, 2) develop skills needed to support this, and 3) co-create a personal co-parenting plan for their baby. The goal is to increase the likelihood that both parents will be participants in daily activities that promote early brain development, social-emotional adjustment, and preschool readiness. Community stakeholders in Pinellas County, Florida partnered with university researchers to author, review and adjust this new curriculum. The Principal Investigator is Dr. James McHale of the University of South Florida.