Parenting

Implementing a Parenting Curriculum Using Implementation Science

Research has shown that preschool programs can positively impact parenting when they go beyond simply providing parenting information. Parents and children receive even greater benefits when programs offer parents experiences that model positive interactions and provide opportunities to practice with feedback.1 A parenting curriculum can provide information and opportunities to practice skills that parents in your program may welcome.

A parenting curriculum addresses parenting outcomes such as nurturing, discipline, teaching, language, and supervision.2 Implementing it is an ongoing process, not a single event. It can take as long as four years to complete the four stages and reach full implementation.3 The four stages are:  

  1. Exploration
  2. Installation
  3. Initial Implementation
  4. Full Implementation

4 Stages Chart

The four stages of implementation.

These stages are linear but may overlap. It is possible to be in more than one stage at a time. At any point, you might need to return to the lessons learned from a previous stage to improve your program’s process for implementing your chosen curriculum. The stages serve as guides to ensuring full and successful implementation over time.4 

Learn about the steps and best practices for selecting and implementing a parenting intervention with this easy-to-use tool for programs, states, and child care network leaders.

Download Implementing Parenting Interventions in Early Care and Education Settings: A Guidebook for Implementation. The guidebook is a companion to the Compendium of Parenting Interventions.

References

1. Yoshikawa, H., (February 6, 2014). Testimony to the Senate HELP Committee—Full-Committee Hearing on Supporting Children and Families Through Investments in High-Quality Early Education. Retrieved from https://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/supporting-children-and-families-through-investments-in-high-quality-early-education

2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. (2018). Choosing a Parenting Curriculum for Your Program. Retrieved from https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/choosing-parenting-curriculum-for-your-program.pdf  

3. Blasé, K., Fixsen, D., & Metz, A. (2013–2017). The National Implementation Research Network’s Active Implementation Hub. Retrieved from http://implementation.fpg.unc.edu/

4. Halle, T., Paulsell, D., Daily, S., Douglass, A., Moodie, S., & Metz, A. (2015). Implementing Parenting Interventions in Early Care and Education Settings: A Guidebook for Implementation (OPRE 2015–94). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/parenting_implementation_guidebook_109_b5082.pdf

Adapted from Implementing Parenting Interventions in Early Care and Education Settings: A Guidebook for Implementation.

Last Updated: January 7, 2019