Serving families in Florida City and West Kendall, ARC's Positive Parenting program gifts parents and caregivers with the knowledge they need to help prevent behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in their children ages 2-12. Five group parenting sessions, three individual phone consultations and at least one community resource follow-up over an eight-week period from trained, accredited professionals empowers participants to make informed, healthy and effective parenting decisions. Groups run simultaneously in English and Spanish; structured child care services and nutritious family meals are provided on session nights.
The Arc of South Florida provides group parenting program services for at-risk families with children birth to 12 years of age who are experiencing early signs of problem behaviors and/or more likely to experience social, behavioral or health problems based on social, educational, economic or environmental factors. The program primarily serves children with disabilities and offers fitness, social skills, family engagement, academic support activities and a unique entrepreneurship program; also offers enrichment activities focusing on visual, performance and music arts. The parent group sessions are delivered in English and Spanish with child care and supper services provided during sessions to participating families.
FANM Family Empowerment Parenting Program, a community-based and culturally sensitive program for Haitian and immigrant families, provides effective education and support to encourage the healthy growth and development of parents and children. The program offers fun ways to improve communication, develop support systems and establish family rules. Through home visitation and workshops, positive parenting and self-nurturing is reinforced in both parents and children in the participants’ native language. Additionally, the program tackles ways to address their feelings of frustration around parenting expectations that differ from those they experienced in their native land. The 16-week program is administered year-round.
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.
FIU’s PAT4YOU program works with families using the Parents As Teachers curriculum, a comprehensive research-based and evidence-informed curriculum. PAT4YOU promotes school readiness for parents/caregivers with children from birth up to the 4 years of age. It focuses primarily on premature infants and/or military based, to strengthen protective factors and to ensure that young children are healthy, safe and ready to learn while increasing positive parenting skills. Home and/or natural environment visits, developmental screenings, group meetings and resource connections also make part of the program. Participants are expected to stay with the program for a minimum of 2 years with extended services provided depending on need and eligibility.
FIU's TripleP4U program uses the Triple P (Power of Positive Parenting) Group Lifestyle curriculum, which is an intensive prevention/intervention program designed to target healthy eating patterns while increasing activity levels. The program arms parents/caregivers with education and behavior modification skills training aimed at the prevention and management of childhood obesity. It includes an intensive 14 session program which is delivered in ten (10) group sessions and four (4) individualized phone consultations or face to face sessions, focusing on nutrition, healthy lifestyles and general parenting strategies. The program is countywide and services parents/caregivers with children ages 5-10.
The Sundari Foundation, Inc. provides parenting program services at Lotus House Women's Shelter for families living in the shelter. Target families have children under their care with one or more problems related to mental health issues, developmental delays, physical disabilities, vision, or hearing impairment, history of trauma, and chronic health diseases. The program offers a preventive parenting group session using a Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Triple P Stepping Stones to parents with children 0-12 year of age; and Parent or caregivers with children who have a disability from 0 to 12 years of age as well.
The Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) within south Miami-Dade County uses family engagement to provide direct services to all family members (children and parents) and help families learn more nurturing ways of being a family. The culturally sensitive curriculum 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. NFP provides direct services to fathers only, to enhance the growth and well-being of men as well as children (women who are part of the family unit). The Nurturing Fatherhood Programs (NFP) is structed to provide fathers with experiences that allow self-cognitive thinking and feelings, allow the opportunity to change parenting attitudes and behaviors. Program activities include parenting group sessions, child group sessions, and fatherhood group sessions. Meals are served at these evening groups and child care is provided as needed.
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is an effective evidence-based parenting program, backed by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Parents or caregivers who benefit from this program are those with children up to 12 years of age who are concerned about their child’s behavior. The program is designed to increase positive parent-child interactions while decreasing problem behaviors in children. During 10 one-on-one sessions, parents learn simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships and confidently manage their children’s behavior. Triple P is used in more than 30 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many kinds of family structures.
Le Jardin Community Center provides a Parenting Program utilizing the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), an accessible and highly successful program, and targets families who have children with challenging behaviors. The program draws on social learning, cognitive behavioral and development theory to give parents skills and confidence to be able to support and manage family challenges. The Le Jardin program is broken into groups established based on identified needs and challenges specific to participating parents. It targets pregnant mothers through Le Jardin's Prenatal Academy, fathers and father-figures through the Fatherhood Initiative and immigrant, homeless and working families through specialized services mainly in the homestead area of Miami Dade. The program coordinator provides specialized parenting training in a group setting and follows-up with individualized coaching sessions by telephone. All training is conducted in English and Spanish. Resources such as baby showers for pregnant mothers, Marlins tickets for fathers and theater tickets for two-parent families are donated by community partners. Le Jardin is focused on outcomes resulting in reducing children's problematic behavior, easing parental stress, enhancing parenting skills and improving positive parent/child interactions.