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Active Parenting: First Five Years of parenting program

All-new program for parents
of children from ages birth to 5

Introducing comprehensive new classes for parents of children from birth to age 5. The first five years of parenting! Active Parenting: First Five Years is the all-new revision of our popular 1,2,3,4 Parents! parenting program.

Written with contributing authors from Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service.

What's so great about the all-new and revised Active Parenting: First Five Years program?

  • Covers 5 years of parenting, starting from birth to age five.
  • New extra session dedicated to school readiness and parent engagement
  • Flexible design allows you to lead a class of 1, 3, or 4 sessions.
  • Each session is designed to last two hours
  • Additional topics including temperament, mindfulness, brain development, self-calming, and special needs
  • New Parent's Guide
  • All-new video plus access to our online parenting video library
  • Video now available embedded in PowerPoint...or on DVDs—your choice!
  • The material is offered in four handy formats: a video-and-discussion program, video library, streaming videos, and a "lunch & learn" kit.
  • Research tools and the opportunity to participate in a national research study
  • Also available in Spanish.
  • and, of course, the same effective Active Parenting method that has helped millions of families in the past 34 years

As with all the Active Parenting programs, you will have evidence-based tools you need to offer parenting classes in which parents are able to learn and laugh in a supportive environment.

"This program is the 'instruction manual' that every first, second, third time parent needs. Amazing insight into the mind and what is needed for parents of children in the first five years. A MUST for all teen parents!"

-Sue Legal
Ouachita Children's Center
Hot Springs, Arkansas

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The Active Parenting: First Five Years parenting program provides 1-4 sessions packed with the information new moms and dads need.

Implement your parenting class in 3-4 sessions — or hold a 1-session parent engagement workshop
With so many different kinds of parents, why should there be only one kind of class? Active Parenting: First Five Years is designed to make it easy for you to offer:

a comprehensive, 4-session parenting class offering an in-depth exploration of the concepts and additional topics

a 3-session class for core Active Parenting skills

a 1-session unit on parent engagement skills to build school success


-- SESSION I - You and Your Child
  • Styles of parenting
  • Ages and stages of development
  • Building a bond with your child
  • The method of choice
SESSION II - Preventing Problems
  • Your child's beautiful brain
  • Using nonviolent discipline
  • The "A-C-T" of parenting
SESSION III - Encouraging Positive Behavior
  • The power of encouragement
  • Choices and consequences
  • Caring for the caregiver

SESSION IV - Preparing for School Success
  • 6 smart things parents can do to help young children get ready for school

Preview the program free for 30 days.

Active Parenting: First Five Years parenting program
is available in three convenient formats.

Choose the formats that work best for you! Click for more information or to order.

All you need for a comprehensive
video-and-discussion program.

A series of 4 DVDs for your
resource center. Also available streaming.

Makes it easy to offer a series
of 4 short parenting classes.

Downloadable materials can be found by clicking here.