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Parenting Education

"…To me, this is a key in helping our students find and create meaning in their lives and of course to create good future parents…

-3rd Grade Teacher


Why do kids need to learn parenting skills?

To become empathetic individuals today and nurturing parents tomorrow.

Most students leave high school without learning the necessary parenting skills to function as effective and nurturing parents. In 2011, there were over 32,000 reports of child abuse/neglect in Harris County alone. Ineffective and abusive parenting are  significant contributing factors to many social and health problems, including:

  • Substance abuse
  • Delinquency and crime
  • Poor academic performance
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Violence
  • Emotional disturbance (depression, irritability, aggression)

Without education, the cycle of dysfunctional parenting and abuse will only continue to plague our communities. Our Parenting Education program can prevent this.

ChildBuilders recognizes the importance of nurturing parenting and the lifelong impact that it has on a child’s ability to succeed. By giving students an opportunity to learn nurturing parenting skills, behaviors and attitudes – we are helping to make a difference for generations to come.

ChildBuilders’ Parenting Education program teaches students about healthy child development, as well as communication skills, non-violent conflict resolution and positive behavior management.


ChildBuilders Parenting Education program consists of four age-appropriate curricula:

  • Preschool
  • K-3
  • 4-6
  • 7-12

Curriculum Basics

Each curriculum includes parent involvement activities and homework in every lesson. Lessons are easily integrated into lesson plans, are referenced to the TEKS, and are 30-60 minutes long. Curricula are available in both English and Spanish.

Each curriculum is composed of four themes:

  1. Building a Foundation for Mental Health
    • Child Development
    • Infant Needs
  2. Self-Esteem
    • Parental influence regarding the development of self-esteem
    • Promoting self-esteem
  3. Raising Children
    • Parenting Styles
    • Communication Skills
    • Positive Discipline Techniques
  4. The Mentally Healthy Family
    • The role of humor in parenting
    • Solving problems and getting help


Benefits of Teaching Parents Under Construction

ChildBuilders’ Parenting Education program has benefits for students, but also for classrooms, teachers, and parents!

  • Implementation of the curriculum results in more cooperative student behavior and a more peaceable classroom environment.
  • Students not only learn about child development, but also critical thinking, communication, and decision-making skills that will enable them to build healthy relationships today and strong families tomorrow.
  • Parents learn positive communication and discipline techniques that can improve the student/parent/teacher bond.

ChildBuilders’ Parenting Education training program is a professional development opportunity for your faculty that:

  • Is fun and highly engaging
  • Awards 6 CEU’s
  • Provides teachers stipends when they participate in our evaluation process

ChildBuilders’ Parenting Education program is a school-based program that:

  • Meets TEKS requirements
  • Fulfills 27 of the 40 developmental assets
  • Meets character education guidelines
  • Is easily integrated into academic instruction time

ChildBuilders’ Parenting Education program:

  • Can increase academic achievement by promoting your students’ social/emotional skills
  • Helps teachers learn valuable behavior management techniques
  • Promotes a more peaceful classroom and school environment
  • Provides parent education and engagement


ChildBuilders’ Parenting Education program has been evaluated in sixteen separate, independently conducted research studies. It has been found effective in:

  1. teaching children parenting skills, and
  2. positively impacting children’s attitudes regarding the use of mentally healthy discipline
  3. techniques, regardless of age, sex, socio-economic status, and race.

The most recent studies indicate:

  1. knowledge gains and attitude remain at five-year follow-up
  2. some students report greater empathic capacity after participating in the program
  3. teachers implementing the program note improved student behavior
  4. parents participating in parent/child program activities overwhelmingly approve of the ChildBuilders’ Parenting Education program

The following is an overview of research conducted to date.

  • 1991-92: Initial Pilot Study
  • 1994-95: Teaching Children To Be Parents: An Evaluation of The Primary Prevention Program
  • 1995-96: Teaching Children To Be Parents: An Evaluation of the Primary Prevention Program For Grades Kindergarten Through Three
  • 1996-97: 7-12th Grade Primary Prevention Program Re-Evaluation Study
  • 1997: Spanish Primary Prevention Program Fall 1997 Study
  • 1998: Program Evaluation of the 4-6th Grade Spanish Primary Prevention Program.
  • 1998: Results From Pilot Testing of Primary Prevention Program Preschool Curriculum
  • 1999: An Evaluation of The Primary Prevention Program and Its Relation to Empathy and Pro-social Behavior
  • 1999: Program Evaluation Results of the Pre-Kindergarten Primary Prevention Program (now called Parents Under Construction™)
  • 2000: Teaching Children and Their Parents Parenting Skills: A Continuing Evaluation of the Parents Under Construction™ Program K-3rd Grade Parent/Child Curriculum
  • 2000: Teaching Children Parenting Skills: An Interim Evaluation of the Parents Under Construction™ Program 4-6th Grade and 7-12 Grade at One Year
  • 2001: Teaching Children and Their Parents Parenting Skills: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Parents Under Construction™ Program K-3rd Grade Parent/Child Curriculum /English and Spanish
  • 2001: Teaching Children and Their Parents Parenting Skills: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Parents Under Construction™ Program 4-6th Grade Parent/Child Curriculum
  • 2001: Teaching Children Parenting Skills: A Final Evaluation of the Parents Under Construction™ Program 4-6th Grade and 7-12 Grade at One Year
  • 2002: Teaching Children Parenting Skills: A Final Evaluation of the Parents Under Construction™ Program 7-12 Curriculum and Parent Intervention Component
  • 2005: Teaching Children Parenting Skills: May 2005 follow-up study of students receiving the Parents Under Construction™ program in 2000-2001.


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