ParentAble teaches high school educators how to deliver parenting fundamentals to their students, helping them develop a foundational understanding of positive parenting practices. The ParentAble curriculum includes information about the effects of harmful parenting, the consequences of adverse childhood experiences, along with the power of resilience and positive parenting. The 5-10-unit course aims to reduce child abuse and neglect rates, break the cycle of harmful parenting, increase the level of comfort with seeking future parenting resources and support, and increase students’ Social Emotional Learning Competencies.
Parenting Fundamentals trains and certifies agencies, educators, health professionals, and individuals to prepare them to deliver an innovative, universal evidence-based positive parenting education program for current parents/caregivers. Those who receive the training are qualified to teach child development, problem-solving skills, non-violent discipline, and positive parent-child communication in order to promote the social-emotional development of children, prevent child abuse, strengthen families, and improve school readiness and achievement. Classes are divided into four different developmental stages; 0-4, 4-8, 8-12, and 12- 18 in English and Spanish.
ParenTeach offers materials via online platforms. These course offerings include the evidence-based parenting education curriculum that has successfully
supported parenting skills over the last 25 years.
Parenting Fundamentals: Online lessons and activities allow large numbers of individuals and facilitated group classes to have access to positive parenting education. The platforms chosen for the PF classes give participants access through an individualized account to lessons to connect with and share their learning journey with other parents from across their own region; as well as those participants who access the lessons through a facilitated group process.
ParentAble was translated to online content for its inaugural pilot that reached 500 students at Evanston Township High School in 2018-2019. ParentAble lessons are now accessed and facilitated by high school classroom teachers on a learning management system. The online ParentAble process includes brief teacher training, student bulk registration, and links for students' access to the material and learning assessments. Tracking of student progress and viewing of submitted lessons is available to all registered teachers. Online student-to-student dialogue is also under development.