The ACT program is an early prevention intervention focusing on parents and caregivers of young children. Its purpose is to teach positive parenting skills and practices that help create stable, safe, healthy, nurturing environments and relationships that protect children from adverse experiences such as abuse and neglect and their lifelong consequences.
The ACT curriculum is organized according to three central themes: (1) Knowledge and beliefs about child development, (2) Relationships, and (3) Parenting skills.
The ACT Program curriculum is delivered in nine sessions of 2 hours each, on average, to groups of parents and caregivers by a trained professional ¬- the ACT Facilitator and addresses the following topics:
- Understanding Behavior Change and Motivation
- Understanding Children’s Behaviors (Child Development)
- Young Children’s Exposure to Violence
- Understanding and Controlling Parents’ Anger
- Understanding and Helping Angry Children
- Children and Electronic Media
- Discipline and Parenting Styles
- Discipline for Positive Behaviors
- Parents as Teachers, Protectors and Advocates at Home and in the Communities
Training Format/Duration: Classroom/ 9-Weeks
- Parents and Caregivers
- Family members
This workshop is designed to help you:
- Learn positive ways to discipline based on a child’s age.
- Learn how to manage their own feelings and control their actions
- Understand a child’s behavior: what children understand at different stages of development
- Learn how to create an environment that provides stability, safety, love and attention
- Help children thrive in an environment that is free of fear and harm
- Understand how children can be involved with violence: prevention and consequences