This evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) for Miami-Dade County families who have or care for a child up to 11 years of age follows a psycho-educational model of family engagement done through home visits and/or group parenting education. Its purpose is to help families learn more nurturing ways of being a family and is structured with a culturally-sensitive curriculum that promotes positive parenting attitudes and behaviors; appropriate expectations of children’s behaviors; empathy; non-violent behavior management; appropriate family roles; and support of children’s power and independence. The program's experiential activities, parent homework, and family time for structured parent/child interactions, nurtures empathy; strengthens attachment; fosters effective communication; increases parental knowledge of child development; and empowers parents. Meals are served at these evening groups and child care is provided.
HIPPY is a home visit, family literacy program that strengthens a parent's capacity as his/her child's teacher and helps them increase their child's desire to learn, as well as nurture their child's success in school. The program includes weekly home visits and family group meetings in order to facilitate social interaction; empower parents; and build life management and healthy lives. Meals are provided at group meetings.
Family Central’s Incredible Years program serves Miami-Dade County families with children between birth and 3 years in order to promote emotional and social competence and prevent, reduce and treat aggression and emotional problems. The program also develops several protective factors: improving parent-child interactions, building positive relationships and attachment, improving parental functioning and increasing parental social support and problem-solving. A video series is used to encourage group discussions, problem solving and sharing of ideas; while home visits are used to reinforce lessons, conduct make-up classes or introduce the parents to unsure parents/caregivers.