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Finding Social Emotional Parenting Programs

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Head Start and Early Head Start programs are increasingly involved in efforts to assist adult family members in gaining parenting skills that can both promote positive social emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors.

In recent years a number of formal parenting curricula have been developed and researched. We have identified six such programs with promising effects.

In this Choose and Use protocol users can compare the six programs across a number of features that we think are critical to the likelihood of successful wide-spread adoption.


List of Programs

  • Pathways to Competence for Young Children: Provide parents with information and parenting strategies to enhance the development and behavior of infants and young children. Targets parents and other primary caregivers of children ages birth to 7 years. Delivered by professionals such as social workers, home visitors, early childhood educators, psychologists.
  • Incredible Years: Parent Training. Strengthen parenting competencies and foster parent involvement in children’s school experiences in order to promote children’s academic, social and emotional competencies and reduce conduct problems. Early Childhood Parent Training program may be used as prevention or adapted for use with families of children with behavior problems or referred by child protective services. May also be delivered through a home visitor coaching model - coaches must have attended authorized training. Targets parents of children 0-6 years.
  • Triple P Standard: Prevent severe behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents. Can be delivered with or without telephone consultation. Children can be included in some sessions to facilitate skills practice. Delivered by psychologists, social workers, family therapists, counselors, parent educators and school personnel. Targets parents of children birth to 12 years with more severe and multiple behavior problems such as aggression or oppositional behavior.
  • Triple P Stepping Stones: Help families achieve durable improvements in children’s behavior and lifestyle and in the quality of family life. May be conducted as combined group and individual delivery and may include home observation/practice sessions. Delivered by a variety of health, education and welfare professionals who counsel parents. Targets families of children birth to 12 years with a disability.
  • DARE to be You: Primary prevention to promote resiliency and substance abuse prevention. Delivered via parent groups with concurrent child groups with joint parent-child activity at each session.
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Improve the quality of the parent-child relationship, increase parents’ behavior management skills, increase children’s prosocial behavior and Improve the quality of the parent-child relationship, increase parents’ behavior management skills, increase children’s prosocial behavior and decrease negative behavior. Targets families with children ages 2-7 who are experiencing a broad range of behavioral, emotional, and family problems.

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Target Population Target Population:
  • Families with children from birth to 12 years
  • Families with children from birth to 6 years
  • Families of children from infancy to middle childhood
  • Families with children from infancy to early adolescence
  • Families with children exhibiting behavior problems
  • Families of children with a disability
  • Families at high risk
Delivery Delivery Method:
  • Small groups
  • Individual/self-directed
  • Individual parent-child sessions
  • Delivered by health/mental health professional
  • Delivered by teachers or community volunteers
  • Training available
  • Training recommended
  • Certification available
  • Training required

   

 


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