Family Development Resources, Inc. * NurturingParenting.com * 1.800.688.5822 What Are Nurturing Programs? #1 Approximately Thirty Nurturing Programs: Select the Right Program for your Families Family Development Resources is committed to meeting the unique needs of families. To this end, approximately 30 programs or program models are available that are designed to meet the family’s educational learning styles and abilities; the family’s culture and language; the ages of the children as well as the ages of the parents. The first step in implementing the Nurturing Parenting Programs is to select the right program(s) for the families you are serving. #2 Nurturing Programs: Three Levels of Prevention and Session Dosage The Nurturing Parenting Programs are designed to meet the family The Nurturing Parenting Programs are designed to meet the family’s needs based on their parenting strengths and weaknesses. Nurturing Parenting Programs are designed for each of the three levels of prevention, commonly recognized in the fields of social work, mental health, and medicine: primary, secondary and tertiary. Dosage is a term used to indicate the number of sessions or length of a program. Dosage is also related to the three levels of prevention. Primary Prevention: Also referred to as Education with a dosage range of 5 to 18 sessions. Secondary Prevention: Also referred to as Intervention with a dosage range of 12 to 20 sessions. T Tertiary Prevention: Also referred to as Treatment with a dosage range of 15 to 25+ sessions. #3 Nurturing Program Sessions are delivered in Three Program Models Sessions of the Nurturing Programs can be delivered in three program models. Each of the following program models are effective in the right setting and have their own unique advantages. Model #1 One-to-one in Home, Office or Classroom The most common and most effective one-to-one instructional model is offering the parenting lessons in the family’s home. Home-based programs are very common for parents with young children from birth to 5 years. The home-based approach allows the parent educator to observe the family and practice the skills in their home setting. The instructor’s office or the school classroom doesn’t provide the intimacy that a home setting provides, but can be effective locations for parents who are overwhelmed or easily distracted in group settings. The advantage is the instructor can control the amount of distraction that goes on by meeting in the office or classroom. Model #2 Group-Based Setting Group-based settings have several advantages: they are a cost effective way of delivering education in a ratio of one instructor to 10 parents; socialization with other parents meets one of the Protective Factors; parents can passively learn from the questions and issues the other parents bring to the group; a multi-cultural group broadens the parents’ cultural diversity; and in Nurturing Parenting group-based programs, the parents and children meet in separate groups that run concurrently which allow the parents to have the opportunity to engage in learning without the distractions that children often present. Model #3 Combination Group-Based Program with Home-Based Sessions Taking the best characteristics from Models 1 and 2, Model 3 allows socialization with other parents and the opportunity to learn without the distractions of the children being present. Parents are also engaged in home-based sessions to ensure the knowledge and skills being presented in the group sessions are practiced and utilized within their family. Seven Things to Know... 4