• An Evidence-Based Program

    The Chicago Parent Program has been rigorously tested and shown to strengthen parenting and reduce behavior problems in young children. Learn more about the research supporting the Chicago Parent Program's efficacy. Read More
  • Developed with Parent Participation

    Developed with and for parents from diverse backgrounds, The Chicago Parent Program is respectful to parents’ ideas and values. See what parents are saying about the program! Read More
  • Group Leader Training

    The Chicago Parent Program is a group-based parenting program led by trained facilitators. Are you interested in becoming a Chicago Parent Program group leader? Read More
  • Chicago Parent Program Materials

    The Chicago Parent Program is delivered by trained group leaders guided by The Chicago Parent Program Group Leader Manual (2nd edition), using a combination of video scenes and group discussion. Learn more about purchasing Chicago Parent Program materials and services. Read More
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WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO PARENT PROGRAM

The Chicago Parent Program is a 12-session evidence-based parenting program created for parents of young children (2-5 years old) and designed to meet the needs of a culturally and economically diverse audience.

With so many parenting programs in existence, why choose the Chicago Parent Program?

There are five very important qualities we think set this program apart from the others.

  1. The Chicago Parent Program was developed in collaboration with parents of young children to address those issues of greatest concern to parents.
  2. The Chicago Parent Program is guided by a strong theory, supported by rigorous research, and listed on the SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
  3. The Chicago Parent Program uses over 160 video scenes of parents raising children in the real world, managing challenging situations at home and in public. We use these scenes to help guide parent group discussions and problem-solve different ways to handle common parenting problems.
  4. There is no one correct way to raise children. The Chicago Parent Program is structured in a way that is respectful to parents’ ideas and values.
  5. Since 2002, the Chicago Parent Program has received outstanding evaluations from parents, educators, health care providers, and agency leaders. It is being used in agencies across the country including the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Head Start.

Testimonials

Before [my son] was very aggressive, with everybody and with me… Like he would throw all the toys, make a big mess. You know he wasn’t respecting me… now he’s working and everything…he tells me he loves me a lot… and he’s sleeping by himself…And the teachers say he’s doing better.

— Parent

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The vignettes are very well designed and, most importantly, speak directly to parents. Our PACE group participants always comment on them positively. I believe that this is because they identify with the parents they see and with the situations they and their children depict. No fuss or talking to parents in a moralizing fashion – just common parenting situations that all parents of young children invariably face.

— Professor Jean E. Dumas - University of Geneva

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The CPP has been an extremely useful adjunct to my work with preschoolers and their families. It is very user-friendly, well received by parents and caregivers, and it gets great results!

— Joyce Harrison, MD, child psychiatrist, Kennedy-Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

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Oh, I love [the program]… I don’t get like frustrated anymore. Before I used to scream a lot. And then when I start taking the program, [my husband] noticed that I was like changing the way I am. It helped him a lot too.

— Parent

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I really enjoyed this program. The group leaders were great instructing this program by examples and having fun with it. The whole group was a fun group and I’m really going to miss this group.

— Parent

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I snuck into the group a couple of times and it was such a warm and rich environment and I said I hope it stays like that….It was beautiful.

— Head Start Site Director

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When [parents] saw the vignettes, they said ‘Hey, that happens to my kid all the time!’ They sensed that they weren’t alone in their problems and that’s how they got comfortable.

— Chicago Parent Program Co-Facilitator

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Parents have evaluated both the content and format of the program very favorably. They find the strategies taught in the program really helpful as they encounter new parenting challenges with each development change in their child.

— Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN - Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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I have to put myself in a four year old mind. That is something I also learned – your child is still a child regardless of what the situation is and you have to sometimes bring yourself down to that level. Try to understand. So, at first he was an angry person and wake up with an attitude. But everything I’ve learned in these classes has changed him. He’s opening up to me more, he’s communicating, he’s happier. It’s really overwhelming because at first I didn’t think it was really going to have as much of an effect as it has, but it really helped.

— Parent

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More programs like this would be really great. Not just for me, but the other moms said it too. It really helped out a lot.

— Parent

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Being a CPP group leader means the world to me. I feel like I’m really making a difference in the lives of parents and children. I would have been a part of this team without compensation… Being a group leader has been a tremendous help on my job, as I am the parent coordinator and [it] aided me in school when I was taking a group process class. This experience has truly enhanced my knowledge base. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with these families. This program alone won’t change anyone. We give them the tools for change and it’s left up to them to make the choice for change.

— Susan Macon, Parent Coordinator, Chicago, IL

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