Parenting Programs

Positive parenting skills to create a nurturing environment.

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region uses the Nurturing Parenting curriculum, a “family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. The long term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.”

Our Parent Education program requires a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) referral, and is offered in both group and home-based formats.

  • The Nurturing Parenting Programs are evidenced based parenting programs that can be offered in a group setting, a home setting or in a combination of group and home settings.
  • The first Nurturing Parenting Program was developed and validated in a multi-site, three year national study from 1983 to 1985. The study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to prevent the recurrence of child abuse and neglect in families with school-age children 5 to 12 years of age..
  • The NIMH study demonstrated the effectiveness of the Nurturing Parenting philosophy and implementation strategies in remediating the current abuse, and preventing the recurrence of abuse in 93% of the families completing the program.

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