Compendium of Parenting Interventions

This resource is one of many that Head Start programs can use in their search for a parenting curriculum to implement with the families they serve.

There are three categories of research-based curricula: research-based, promising research-based, and evidence-based. All three of these categories meet the standards in Parent activities to promote child learning and development, 45 CFR §1302.51(b). The Compendium is a collection of parenting interventions that falls into the evidence-based category. Learn more about the categories below.


  • Founded on solid research about parenting concepts, skills, and practices
  • Promotes activities that have been previously shown to have positive effects on parenting and child outcomes
  • Offers a preliminary or descriptive evaluation of the curriculum itself, but has not necessarily confirmed that any changes in desired parenting and child outcomes were related to or caused by the curriculum

Promising Research-Based

  • Includes everything in the research-based category
  • Has at least one quasi-experimental study that influences the desired parenting and child outcomes


  • Includes everything in the research-based and promising research-based categories
  • Offers more than one strong quasi-experimental and random assignment study or set of studies that influences or causes changes in desired parenting and child outcomes

This resource was commissioned by an interagency group of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and released in December 2015, prior to 45 CFR §1302.51(b).

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Disclaimer: Parenting interventions listed in the Compendium of Parenting Interventions do not represent an exhaustive list of curricula. In addition, these interventions should not be construed as an endorsement by the Office of Head Start.