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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 with no training or education in this area. In 2011, there were over 32,000 reports of child abuse/neglect in Harris County alone. Ineffective and/or abusive parenting is a significant contributing factor to many social and health problems, including:

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

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States. Childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors which we term adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are common. The study shows that stress during childhood increases the risk for the following many health problems including alcoholism and alcohol abuse, depression, fetal death, illicit drug use, liver disease, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), smoking, suicide attempts, and unintended pregnancies.

Without education, the cycle of dysfunctional parenting and abuse will only continue to plague our communities. Parents Under Construction™ can prevent this.

Curriculum Description

This 10-lesson curriculum is designed to teach middle and high school students skills that will positively
influence their future parenting. Parents Under Construction enhances children’s awareness of how parenting
influences children’s mental health. The program helps children today learn the parenting skills they will need
in the future. This program increases the social and emotional competence of children and prevents physical
abuse, emotional abuse, and mental health challenges now and in future generations.

Curriculum Content

• Increase knowledge of parenting
responsibilities, demands, and costs
• Learn accurate information about child
• Develop empathy for children and parents
• Enhance their knowledge about mental
health, and understand the relationship
between parenting practices and the child’s
mental health
• Apply a wide range of positive discipline
• Learn how to create a nurturing environment
for the wellbeing of children


  • Students 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.
  • Can increase academic achievement by promoting your students’ social/emotional skills
  • Teachers learn valuable behavior management options
  • Promotes a more peaceful classroom and school environment
  • Provides parent engagement
  • Program fulfills 27 out of the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets


Parents Under Construction has been extensively evaluated in sixteen separate, independently conducted research studies and has been found effective in:

  • teaching children parenting skills
  • positively impacting children’s attitudes regarding the use of nurturing discipline techniques
  • knowledge gains and attitudes remain at five-year follow-up
  • students report greater empathetic capacity after participating in the program
  • teachers implementing the program note improved student behavior
  • parents participating in parent/child program activities overwhelmingly approve of the program
  • In K-3 and high school classes, statistically significant knowledge increases of +41% and +10%, respectively were found. Positive attitude gains for these two samples were also strong (+79% and +17%) and also statistically significant.
  • There was a 9% increase in the expectation of good parenting behaviors by high school students


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