Our parenting education program is a language and culture sensitive program that promotes and fosters parent-child relationships by reinforcing supportive behaviors of parents and altering non-productive or harmful behaviors. It also helps parents develop and enhance parenting skills, understand child development, try alternate approaches to child rearing, and learn techniques to reduce stress that undermines parental functioning.
In addition, our program focus has been on helping parents to enhance their skills in supporting their children’s learning and development and improving child/parent communication and mutual respect and understanding. It addresses the needs of enrolled parents/caregivers on various topics over a period of 8 consecutive weeks for 2 hours per week through organized curricula.
To be more effective, we limit the size of each group to about 15 parents. This way, the program provides parents with the opportunity to participate and encourages parents to be more involved, resulting in a more effective discussion. Parents are also encouraged and empowered to be involved in planning their sessions through initial discussion/brainstorming. This way, they have input in what they need to learn and when is the best time for them to learn. For example, in order to accommodate the different schedule of our participants, we have to host our parenting sessions on weekends, weekday evenings, and weekday mornings. And we also have in-house parenting class where we can make client feel comfortable to openly exchange of ideas to others parents/caregiver.
The families we are targeting are low-income Cambodian families who have at least one child and who are considered to be in at-risk categories for child abuse, neglect, truancy and drop out. In addition, we will continue to target families with children/youth involved in the juvenile justice system, including delinquent youth and “informally-adjusted” youth. Furthermore, we will continue to target parents/caretakers who are current or former substance abusers, or compromised in their ability to provide appropriate parenting for their children because of mental illness, post traumatic stress, and the lack of the understanding of effective parenting skills in contemporary society.
To better assist parents in supporting their children to achieve academic success, and for them to fully participate in their child's education, our program will continue to establish a viable partnership between parents, children, community organizations, and the School District. We will incorporate Parent University goals and objectives with our program goals and objectives as listed below:
Program & Administrative Coordinator