ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. This program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the following Topic Areas:
About This Program
Target Population: Parents and their children ages 5 to 8 who are entering kindergarten and early elementary school
For children/adolescents ages: 5 – 8
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 5 – 8
ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8 was developed for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Parents and their children attend separate classes that meet concurrently for two hours, once weekly for seven consecutive weeks. Parents learn about the nurturing parenting philosophy and skills to build their children’s communication and life skills. Children learn comparable skills at age-appropriate levels through puppets, role-play, music, art and teacher led discussions. The program is designed on the premise that when parents and their children learn comparable skills, implementation of the skills at home is increased.
The goals of ABC’s Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8 are:
- Parents will increase their knowledge of age-appropriate expectations and will learn the difference between Praise for Being and Praise for Doing.
- Parents will increase their understanding of empathy and empathic parenting practices; and understanding the importance of getting their needs met as well as the needs of their children.
- Parents will learn the importance of empowerment; how to increase the personal power of their children; and ways to develop children’s positive self-worth.
- Parents will learn about working with children in developing family morals, values and rules.
- Parents will learn about how to establish and utilize empathic discipline strategies.
- Parents will learn alternatives to spanking, hitting, belittling, and other types of hurtful discipline.
- Parents will learn how to manage their stress and anger and set the example how they would like their children to manage their stress and anger.
The essential components of ABC’s Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8 include:
- Designed to be offered as a group-based model
- 2 facilitators for the parents group
- 2 facilitators plus a volunteer for children’s group depending how many children are attending
- Specific Instructors manuals for each group
- Competency-based sessions
- Assessments administered at the beginning and end of the program to measure success
- Parents complete a weekly evaluation at the end of each class assessing how well they learned the session competencies
- Parents who have not learned the session competencies may be offered individual tutoring at home
- 2-hour sessions with snacks and parent-child play time offered mid-way through the session
- Children’s Instructor’s Manual lists the materials needed for the children’s program
ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8 directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:
- Issues related to poor attachment to parents, have parents unable to handle a child with ADHD behaviors, self-worth issues
ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8 directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- Difficulty managing behavior issues in children, using discipline techniques such as spanking and other different forms of punishment
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:
This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Families attending the ABC’s program may be referred for psychological counseling, family therapy or drug and alcohol treatment.
2-hour weekly sessions where parents and children attend separate groups that meet concurrently. Parents and children share 20 minutes of snack and play time.
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8 includes a homework component:
Parents and children practice the skills that they are learning in each session together at home.
ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8 does not have materials available in a language other than English.
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
Typical materials include table and chairs in a circle, flip chart and magic markers, a room large enough to accommodate 12 to 15 parents
Minimum Provider Qualifications
The program is designed to be taught by college-educated professionals (Bachelor’s degree level or higher). Teachers make for good facilitators.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.
- Joan Marie Dellinger
Training is obtained:
Training can be provided both on site and regionally.
Number of days/hours:
Typically three days for 7 hours per day
There currently are additional qualified resources for training:
Qualified trainers can be located on nurturingparenting.com. Click on tab labeled: National Trainers/Consultants
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8.
No reference materials are currently available for ABC's Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children 5 to 8.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016
Last CEBC Contact Date: May 2018
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2016