Chicago Parent Program

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents of young children 2-5 years old

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 2 – 5

Brief Description

The Chicago Parent Program (CPP) strengthens parenting confidence and skills and reduces behavior problems in children 2-5 years old. CPP is implemented in 12 two-hour group sessions facilitated by two trained group leaders. CPP uses video vignettes depicting parent-child interactions at home and in public (e.g., grocery stores, Laundromats, etc.) to stimulate discussion and problem solving related to managing children’s behavior in challenging situations. Parents are guided in clarifying their goals and tailoring strategies to help meet their goals. In this way, the CPP is designed to be culturally and contextually relevant for a diverse population of families. Sessions focus on building positive relationships with children (e.g., child-centered time, family routines and traditions, praise and encouragement), child behavior management skills (setting clear expectations, following through with consequences, effective discipline strategies), stress management, and problem-solving skills. Following each session, parents complete practice assignments to help them apply the skills they are learning.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Chicago Parent Program (CPP) are:

  • Improved parent-child relationships
  • Reduced parent reliance on harsh and inconsistent discipline strategies
  • Greater parenting confidence and competence
  • Strengthened and expanded parents’ support network
  • Reduced frequency and intensity of child behavior problems

Contact Information

Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN
Agency/Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University
Department: School of Nursing
Phone: (410) 614-5311

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2017

Last CEBC Contact Date: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2016