Group-Based - The group-based (Center-Based) program is a comprehensive parenting program utilized by agencies where parents attend over a period of years. Programs like Head Start offer Center based parenting education. Many agencies modify the length of the group sessions to 1 1/2 hours to allow more interactive time between parent and child.
Home-Based - The 55 Session home-visitation program is commonly used by agencies offering long-term support to families raising children infancy to preschool. Many Healthy Start and Head Start agencies utilize the program as the basis of their parenting curriculum.
Children attending center-based classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers are involved in a curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.
Twenty-seven 2½ hour sessions meet one day a week for 27 weeks. Parents and children meet concurrently in two separate groups. Two facilitators run parents’ group; two facilitators plus two volunteers run the children’s group. Parents and children engage in a 30-minute Nurturing Time with games, songs, snacks and more.
The Nurturing Book for Babies and Children is utilized as the guide to build parent-child attachment. Each home visit lasts 90 minutes and 30 of the minutes is devoted to positive parent-child interaction.
Fifty-five 1½ hour sessions meet one day a week for 55 consecutive weeks. Parents, children and the Home Visitor work together for 30 minutes having fun and practicing skills. Parents and the Home Visitor work together for the first hour teaching nurturing parenting ideas and techniques.