Parent Partners Program
As part of the Parent Partners Program, our Family Support Specialists (FSS) visit families in their homes each week for as long as one year. During the weekly visits, an FSS discusses different topics with families such as discipline, setting routines, and creating a safe home environment. Family Support Specialists use an evidence-based home visiting program called SafeCare to make sure that each family receives the same quality of service.
All families in Pima County with at least one child age 0- 12 years old are eligible to participate in the Parent Partners Program. The program is free of charge.
The Parent Partners Program utilizes the evidence-based SafeCare curriculum which offers in-home training to parents. Established in 1979, SafeCare was developed in order to assist families by providing techniques for tackling difficult issues at home. Throughout the program, Parent Aid’s Family Support Specialists discuss three major themes in their visits with families:
- Health: In the health module, parents learn how to use a structured decision-making approach to care for their children when they are sick or injured.
- Home Safety: Parents learn how they can create a “childproof” home by identifying and eliminating common household hazards.
- Parent-Child/Parent-Infant Interactions: Family Support Specialist partners with parents to overcome challenging behavior in their children through everyday activities. Parents also learn about family-friendly activities and child development.
Parent Aid offers parenting classes at many community organizations in Tucson. Family Support Specialists/ Parent Educators teach the Active Parenting curriculum, an evidence-based program that gives parents tools for understanding and handling misbehavior, as well as techniques for strengthening the family. Over six separate sessions the class covers the following topics:
Session 1: Parenting: The most important job
· Styles of Parenting
· Method of choice
· Taking Care of the Caregiver
Session 4: Building Courage & Self Esteem
· Courage from the heart/ Self-esteem from the mind
· The Power of Encouragement
Session 2: Cooperation & Communication
· The Beauty of Problems
· Communication the Road to Cooperation
· Communication Blocks
Session 5: Understanding & Redirecting Misbehavior
· Understanding Behavior: Purpose not cause
· Positive/Negative Approach
· Avoiding Power Struggles
Session3: Responsibility & Discipline
· What is Responsibility
· Basic Discipline
· Logical Consequences
Session6: Parenting for school success
· Get to know your child’s teacher
· Structure Homework time
· Read and talk with your child
If you are interested in scheduling a parenting class for your organization, please contact Nicole Del Percio:
firstname.lastname@example.org | (520)798-3304
Family Enrichment Classes
Family Enrichment Workshops are an opportunity for families to come together to learn skills or techniques and participate in fun, hands-on activities. Family Support Specialists at Parent Aid teach these one-time workshops at various schools and community organizations in Tucson.