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Bright Beginnings: Understanding and Enhancing Your Young Child's Growth and Development
Bright Beginnings is a parent education curriculum focused on parenting young children from the prenatal period through eight years of age. It is focused on understanding and enhancing young children’s growth and development. It centers on key foundations of a child’s healthy development, key domains of a child’s growth and development, and key strategies for parents to foster healthy child development.

Building Strong Families: Challenges and Choices
Building Strong Families is a research-based family education program designed to help families identify their own strengths and learn skills to build on those strengths. The program uses a 13-module curriculum that can be adapted for families of different types and in different settings and situations. The program operates on the philosophy that all individuals and families have strengths that can be enhanced if they are treated as partners in their own learning process. Each lesson module contains up to two hours of material with research findings, objectives, materials needed, and program content. The lesson topics relate to various aspects of family relationships, family living, and family resource management.

Common Sense Parenting
Common Sense Parenting is a parent education course designed for parents of either toddlers and preschoolers or children ages 6 to 16 (or children with ADHD). It is a practical, skill-based parenting program that addresses issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships and school success. The skills taught in the program were researched and developed at Boys Town and are helpful in building and reinforcing healthy family relationships. A 6-session workshop (2 hours each) allows parents to learn, practice and demonstrate new parenting skills. Program components involve instruction, videotape modeling, role playing, feedback and review.

Gearing Up for Kindergarten: A School Readiness Program for Parents and Children
Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a prevention-focused parent and family education program designed to facilitate child development and school readiness. Participants are involved in two eight-week parent education sessions, each session lasting 90 minutes. The sessions begin with 45 minutes of parent-child interaction activities focused on math, reading, sensory, science, art and imaginary play. The parents then separate for parent education (topics include guidance, media, importance of sleep, temperament, nutrition, brain development, and parenting styles). The children with a preschool facilitator and classroom assistant have circle time and other preschool activities. The child activities focus on sharing, getting along with others, listening, taking turns, responsibility, and cognitive and literacy skills.

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The Incredible Years: Basic Parent Training Program
The Incredible Years is a series of three separate, multifaceted and developmentally based curricula for parents, teachers, and children. The series is designed to promote emotional and social competence, and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotional problems in young children. The parent, teacher, and child programs can be used separately or in combination; there are treatment versions (advanced) of the parent and child programs, as well as prevention versions for high-risk populations. The Parent program has four options based according to age (0-3; 3-6; 6-12; 4-12 Advanced). The Child training program focuses on social, academic, and emotional skills competencies, and can be taught in classroom, small group therapy, or other type of sessions. The programs offer parent handbooks and handouts to follow, video clips, extensive support materials, etc.

Love and Logic: Early Childhood and School-Ag Parenting Curricula
Love and Logic is a 5-session video-based parenting curriculum focused on teaching parents to use skills of empathy, respect, logic, and limits with their children. The program addresses topics that include handling misbehavior, clear communication skills, avoiding power struggles, setting and enforcing limits, and using logic and consequences. The program offers parents a parent handbook to follow, sample video clips of parenting strategies, and sessions typically last 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Nurturing Parenting Program
Nurturing Parenting programs involve a series of programs designed specifically for use in reducing child abuse and neglect or risks for such behavior. The programs are primarily designed for high-risk families and families experiencing child abuse and neglect or in the child welfare system. The programs involve parents and children in extended, in-depth learning sessions designed to help them progress sequentially in their knowledge and behavior so as to reduce abuse or neglect and also increase empathy and nurturing behavior. There are primary and intervention versions of the program(s). There are 12 ―evidence-based‖ models of the programs that are adapted to the differences in populations being served (age of child, culture, group context, etc.). The programs may be offered in treatment settings, community settings, group or home-based settings, etc. The program offers extensive support materials.

Parents Forever
Parents Forever offers education and resources for married parents going through divorce and never married families going through separation. Divorce and separation often brings change to every aspect of a family’s life, both for the parents and the children involved. Parents Forever provides parents with formal training programs and easy-to-use materials that help them navigate the emotional, financial, legal and communication changes that accompany divorce/separation so that they can effectively help their family transition. This program helps parents understand the impact of divorce on their children and provides them with tools to help their children.

Positive Parenting Program
Positive Parenting Program is a multi-level parenting and family support strategy that aims to prevent severe emotional, behavioral and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents. The Triple P program incorporates five levels of intervention of increasing strength for parents of children from birth to age 12. This tiered multi-level strategy recognizes that parents have differing needs and desires regarding the type, intensity and mode of assistance they may require. The program targets five different developmental periods from infancy to adolescence. Within each developmental period the reach of the intervention can vary from being very broad (targeting an entire population) to quite narrow (targeting only high-risk children). Levels range from informational material (Level 1) to an 8-session group (Level 4) using videos and parenting skills. The program offers parent handbooks to follow, videos of parenting issues and strategies, and sessions vary in time based on the course level.

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