How have you used Active Parenting programs
to reach families?
The primary curriculum for our healthy parenting classes is Active
Parenting. We offer a wide variety of the Active Parenting courses:
1,2,3,4 Parents!, Active
Parenting Now, Active Parenting of
Teens, Active Parenting for Stepfamilies,
and Cooperative Parenting and Divorce.
We offer these classes in the evening hours, three days a week.
We also will travel around the Tulsa area, offering classes in
different locations to serve as many people who want the classes
What have the leaders liked about leading
Active Parenting courses?
We chose the Active Parenting curriculum for a couple of reasons.
These courses are well known, and evidence
based. Family & Childrens Services is committed
to providing only curriculum that is evidence based and has been
rigorously tested. We love that the classes are skill based.
Parents can come in each week and take home something they can
What are some of the challenges you face
with your parenting programs?
The challenge always lies in getting the course information to
those who might need the information. We serve mostly at-risk
families, who may move around a lot and who dont have a
lot of money. This makes it hard to track some of our clients.
We offer scholarships for families who qualify, and this is one
way we ensure that the classes are made available to everyone
in the community regardless of income.
How do the parents respond to your classes?
We often have parents who are ordered to take our classes by
a judge or a child welfare professional. These clients come into
our program reserved and sometimes angry that they have to be
with us. We find that after attending just a couple of our classes,
most people find that they enjoy the classes and find the information
to be of use to them. We pride ourselves in offering classes
in a nice and accommodating space.
Our staff are friendly, open, and willing
to help clients. When clients see where the classes are held,
and experience the respect we show for them, they tend to better
appreciate the material we teach. We track how effective our
classes are by using pre- and post-tests, including an evaluation.
At the end of one parenting class, a mother wrote this on her
evaluation of the class, I very much enjoyed all of the
class, especially learning the stages of development and different
styles of parenting. Most importantly, Im now a better
What is the key to a successful parenting
I believe the keys to successful parenting classes are these:
- Use best practice, evidence based curricula
like Active Parenting.
- Evaluate classes through use of pre/post
tests and evaluations. Make changes as needed and remain flexible
to clients needs.
- Employ experienced and professional teachers.
Our instructors are Masters level professionals who have
experience working in the mental health field and/or in educational
How do you go about promoting your classes?
We have professionally made brochures that go out to our partner
agencies on a regular basis. We have class specific flyers that
staff distributes all over the area on a regular basis. We make
sure that everyone in our agency is familiar with what we offer
and can refer to us whenever they see the need. I have a regular
weekly spot on a local TV talk show ("Great Day Green Country") to promote healthy
parenting and relationship tips and to advertise our classes.
We use videos from these appearances on our website and Facebook
page to promote classes and services. (Here's a clip of Carrie's discussion of ADHD
on "Great Day Green Country.")
Do you charge for your parenting classes?
We charge a fee for our classes. For those clients who cannot
afford the fee, we offer a scholarship sliding fee scale based
on income. Clients may either pay a partial fee, or can attend
for free if they qualify.
What are your plans for the future?
In the future we hope to expand our programs to offer classes
for kids to attend with parents. We are always searching for
new partnerships to reach a larger portion of our community.
Thank you, Carrie!