Parenting Programs The PT&A Parent Program was developed to help adults to become exceptional parents. Our goal is to train adults to understand child development, family structure, health and safety. It is these four areas that strengthen the ability of parents to form strong, positive, and long-lasting relationships with their children. Each course: Lasts approximately twelve (12) weeks. Meets for ninety (90) minutes. Emphasizes individual and group dynamics. Provides specially developed booklets created by Parents, Teachers, Advocates, Inc. (PT&A) Encourages Individual/Group Activities and Discussions Distributes a plan of action to utilize at home Administers objective pre-tests and subjective post-tests Pass rate of 75% The foundation of the curriculum is based on education not social services. Course Descriptions “Defining Values, Achieving Goals” The target audience for this course is novice and experienced parents. The growth, development, and challenges that parents face will be the primary focus. A general overview of values, personality, and goal setting will be emphasized. Establishing a set of values and goals will be stressed. Students will incorporate key terms into their verbal and written vocabulary. These terms include, but are not limited to: values, personality, temperament, relationships, faith, and accountability. “Child Development” This course focuses on the growth, development, and needs of children. An overview of child development will be the foundation of the instruction. Participants will be able to identify the six domains of child development and learning, give examples of characteristics common for the age group, and develop strategies and activities for home use. A theoretical and practical knowledge of the following key terms: fine and gross motor development, fundamental movement, mylenization, scaffolding, multiple intelligence, egocentricity, social mores, etc. “Parenting in the 21stCentury” Focus will highlight proper discipline and behavioral tools. Emphasis will be placed on teaching children to develop inner control and positive behavior. At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to: 1) identify the four components of good parenting, 2) verbalize how the four components work together, 3) identify and define the six components of positive discipline, and 4) give examples of establishing a routine as well as its importance. Key terms include: parenting, discipline, punishment, and routine. “Healthy Life/Healthy Child” Empowers and educates parents on how to promote healthy growth and development. A strong emphasis will be placed on the twelve habits of healthy living. Learn how eating and preparing whole foods makes a strong contribution to healthy living, the importance of sleep and rest, how to reduce stress, and finding exercise that suits the individual. Key terms: vitamins, minerals, whole foods, muscle strength, muscle endurance. “Family Safety and Prevention” This course is designed to benefit all families. The course work delves into the importance of preparing for emergency and disaster situations including how to seek and purchase proper insurance. The goal is to give adults the tools they need to handle any situation with a plan and calmness. Learn what to do after the crisis to get life back to normal as soon as possible. Key terms: fire, safety plans, evacuation practice, family trauma “Quality Childcare” This course helps to empower individuals with information to identify quality childcare givers and facilities. The five areas of quality and its components are examined. Upon completion, participants will be able to verbalize how the five areas work together. They will also be able to state a general overview of quality childcare, various forms of childcare settings, and strategies for selecting a quality childcare facility. Key terms include: quality, clock hours, teacher-child ratios, and community involvement. “Educational Advocacy” This course looks at and discusses various aspects of education including school choice, homeschooling, homework, and the difference between instruction and learning. It helps parents to establish an understanding of the educational process. This understanding will help parents to decide about school choice, educational advocacy, and setting educational expectations for their children. Key Terms: school choice, multiple intelligences, school success, instruction vs. learning, and parent-teacher interactions. “Parenting and Mentoring Teens” The growth, development, and needs of teens are taught as they relate to physical development, role issues, and mentoring. Participants will be able to express, in written form, a general overview of teen development and the concept of mentor parenting. They will also: 1) identify the four (4) areas of teen challenges, 2) describe proper parental guidance in developing teens’ decision-making abilities, and 3) give examples of their teen’s characteristics. Key terms include: puberty, role identity, role confusion, mentoring, decision-making abilities, sleep needs, and permissive parenting.