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Active Parenting: First Five Years of parenting program

Research and research tools

Join the First Five Years field study to determine the effectiveness of your classes. We are conducting the first national study on the effectiveness of the groundbreaking First Five Years program. Measurement tools and complete instructions will be provided to use with the parents in your First Five Years groups. You will also be able to use your individual survey results for your own program evaluation, and we will send you a copy of the overall field test results. Rollow the link below for more information. Get started with the First Five Years field study!

• FAQ •


Q. How is Active Parenting: First Five Years (FFY) an evidence-based parenting curriculum?
A. Even though FFY is a new program and the national field testing is still underway, there are a number of ways that FFY currently qualifies as an evidence-based program:

  1. It is the revision of the 1,2,3,4 Parents! program that showed significant positive outcomes in a study by Donna G Knauth, Ph.D., RNC, of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey College of Nursing: "The Effect of a Family-of-Origin Genogram and Parenting Intervention on Adolescent Mothers' Level of Differentiation of Self and Parenting Attitudes." (Click here for the abstract of that study.)
  2. Like 1,2,3,4 Parents!, FFY is based on the Active Parenting family of programs and uses the Active Parenting model. There are over 20 studies showing evidence of effectiveness for these programs and listings on NREPP and other lists of evidence-based programs.
  3. Active Parenting author Dr. Michael Popkin teamed with three experts in child development at Oklahoma State University in developing FFY to make sure that the latest research in child development and safety were included in the program.
Q. When do you expect that the curriculum would be considered a fully evidence-based curriculum?
A. We are currently working with the same team of researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) to conduct a nationwide research study to provide ongoing evidence of effectiveness using the most rigorous research methods. We expect to have the first wave of results ready by spring 2019.

Q. How can our agency participate in the First Five Years national study?
A. Just fill out our online form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFY-ResearchInfo or call 1-800-825-0060 x2 to speak with one of our educational consultants. Once we ask a few questions about your FFY group, we will send you a Study Packet containing surveys and the other materials you will need to participate in the study.

Q. What are the requirements for participation?
A. All 4-session FFY groups are eligible to participate. You need your own Active Parenting: First Five Years Program Kit .and each parent will need a Parent’s Guide. The Study Packet we send you will provide everything else. To be eligible to receive incentives, you need to participate with a control group. See the next question for more information.

Q. What participation incentives are available and how do we earn them?
Participation incentives we’re offering to eligible groups include free parent’s guides and Active Parenting store credit for leaders and $40 Amazon.com gift cards for parents. To be eligible to receive incentives, you must also participate in the study’s control group. To do this, you would need to hold a 45-minute Orientation Session for parents 3-4 weeks before your First Five Years class begins and have them complete a pre-course survey. Give the survey again at the beginning of your first FFY course session and once more at the end of Session 4. Complete instructions are in your Study Packet, and a Study Consultant will be available to assist you.

To learn more about participating in this free national research study, go to this webpage: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFY-ResearchInfo


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.

Parenting Program Kit


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

Video Library


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

Lunch & Learn


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