Parent Education Programs
Parent education programs focus on enhancing parenting practices and behaviors, such as developing and practicing positive discipline techniques, learning age-appropriate child development skills and milestones, promoting positive play and interaction between parents and children, and locating and accessing community services and supports. The following programs and resources have been useful in supporting parents and strengthening parenting skills.
- Parent education for families involved in child welfare
- Cultural competence
- Parent education resources
Parent Training Programs: Insight for Practitioners
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009)
Examines the components of effective parent training programs and provides guidance in making evidence-based program decisions to improve parenting skills and prevent child maltreatment.
National Fatherhood Initiative
Focuses on five characteristics a father needs to be a great dad 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Covers universal aspects of fatherhood so that men of all cultures, races, religions, and backgrounds can benefit from the programs.
Center for Parent Education and Family Support
University of North Texas College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology (2013)
Supports parent and family educators, family support professionals, and students through research, education, involvement, and child and family policy inquiry and by establishing partnerships with parents, schools, and agencies.
The Incredible Years
A research-based program for reducing children's aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence at home and at school.
Just In Time Parenting
Cooperative Extension System
Provides research-based information to families in factsheets and newsletters, and connects parents to age-appropriate resources and expert advice.
National Parent Aide Network (NPAN)
A component of the National Exchange Club Foundation, NPAN supports the growth of parent aide programs nationwide to promote activities that strengthen families, support parents, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
The Nurturing Parenting Programs
Family-based program that involves both parents and children in activities, focusing on building a positive regard for self and others. Several programs focus on specific age groups and racial populations.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Programs rated by the Clearinghouse for their effectiveness in parent education.
Parenting in Context
Cornell University College of Human Ecology
Focuses on integrating extension and research activities in parenting education, provides information on current research and funding, and supplies training and evaluation toolkits.
Parents as Teachers
An international early childhood parent education and family support program designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect With Parent Training: Evidence and Opportunities
Future of Children, 19(2), 2009
Identifies four common risk factors – substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, and child conduct problems – that lead to child maltreatment and examines a variety of parent education interventions aimed at preventing child abuse and addressing the co-occurring risk factors.
Research Roundup: Parenting (PDF - 96 KB)
Child Welfare League of America (2005)
A literature review of practices and programs in parent training as a means of supporting and preserving families.
Supporting Parents of Young Children in the Child Welfare System
Beckmann, Knitzer, & Cooper (2010)
Explores the challenges and opportunities of improving mandated parent training for parents of young children in the child welfare system.
Triple P—Positive Parenting Program
A multilevel parenting and family support strategy that aims to prevent severe behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents.