PARENT EMPOWERMENT HANDBOOK™" is based on results! Most directories include entries that are selected using criteria
that is often unexplained and based on assumptions that have not
been proven to be meaningful. Some directories simply include every
program that is open for business, or only programs that have a
specific kind of child care license. Other directories include only
programs that are members of a particular organization, some giving
a prominent listing to those that pay for that privilege. Although
usually unintended, in many directories, skill in writing program
descriptions is one of the most important factors contributing to
PARENT EMPOWERMENT HANDBOOK™ includes only
those schools and programs that have reputations for safety
among knowledgeable, professional independent educational consultants.
Schools and programs are not allowed to pay for inclusion
prominent position and no advertising is allowed in the Directory.
This no-advertising policy was adopted to avoid even the
appearance that any school or program is favored as a result of
paying for the privilege; the only criterion for their
is their reputation.
new edition is published every year. Our current edition is available at our online store. Since we self-publish the Directory, we print copies as needed,
updating any changes when received, which then appear in subsequent
printings that are done throughout the year.
ARE SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS SELECTED FOR INCLUSION?
Every January, a list of more than 500 residential schools
and programs that have come to our attention during the year is
to the Educational Consultants listed in the back of the previous
year's Directory. These educational consultants, who have proven
themselves to be knowledgeable and experienced in recommending
placements in residential specialty schools, are then asked to
give their recommendations.
They rate each school or program on the list as to whether they
think the program is positive, negative, or they are not familiar
The surveys are then returned and the results are collated. When a majority of the responses for
a particular school or program indicate a positive recommendation,
with few or no negatives, they make the cut. Due to space constraints,
we take approximately the top 100 and send an invitation
requesting them to complete a form that
program. These information forms are generic,
designed to give a snap shot of the school or program; no school
the categories to show their school or program in a better light.
In addition, we include basic contact information for the rest
of the positive majority to include only those with the best
reputation. This procedure
to help parents have a better comparison of
the schools and programs since each program has
had to respond
to exactly the same questions.
annual edition of the Directory is usually published in August and
information is updated on specific schools and programs throughout
USE INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS TO MEASURE RESULTS?
Any private practice professional survives through quality advice!
Bad advice from a professional in private practice can result in
a loss of clients; chronic bad advice can result in the practice
closing down as the word gets around. Thus the professional in private
practice must be cautious.
is especially true of the independent educational consultant since
that person is working with the lives and well being of children,
one of the most sensitive areas in our culture. The educational
consultants who we survey to determine what schools or programs
should be included in our Directory, are well educated and have
years of experience working with children and their parents. They
spend a significant amount of time traveling to visit the schools
and programs and are constantly comparing notes with their colleagues.
The only way a school or program can get a positive consensus from
this group of independent minded educational consultants is to have
consistent performance of safety and effectiveness.
an indication of the effectiveness of our directory selection process,
most of the schools and programs that have flared up into media
controversies or have experienced a tragedy, have been schools and
programs that have been either screened out of the Directory, or
not considered at all.
IS THE DIRECTORY FUNDED?
By Directory sales! There is no thought of applying for grants
of any type, since grant specifications might compromise the integrity
of our selecting process which screens schools and programs exclusively
based on their reputation for safety and effectiveness.
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