Facilitating the Touchpoints Parenting Program

What Is the Touchpoints Parenting Program?

The Touchpoints Parenting Program is a practical, preventative curriculum designed to meet the needs of today’s families with the goal of supporting positive parent-child relationships. The curriculum is a series of parenting modules designed to enable facilitators to come alongside parents as they learn about their children and address issues facing their families. This program meets the Head Start Program Performance Standard for Parenting Curriculum.

Parenting Modules include:

  • Parenting Your Unique Child: Joys and Challenges
  • Understanding Your Child’s Development
  • Exploring Your Family’s Culture and Language
  • Nurturing and Caring for Your Children: Keeping Your Children Safe and Healthy
  • Discipline: Your Role as Parents Over Time — Teacher and Guide

What Do Providers Learn?

  • Strategies for engaging parents in conversation about their children’s development using Touchpoints-informed practice within a group
  • Strategies for supporting parental mastery as parents practice new skills within a group
  • Group facilitation techniques based on the Touchpoints Approach

How Do Providers Learn?

  • Two days of interactive, learner-centered training
  • Role playing and group work facilitated by Touchpoints National Trainers
  • Six reflective practice sessions after training that reinforce the strategies and tools learned
  • Small class sizes that enhance learning outcomes

Pre-requisite: To participate in this training, providers must have completed Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement

For additional information: Email touchpoints@childrens.harvard.edu 

What are people saying about this course?

“I came to this training a little skeptical about my ability to get together the logistics to start community parenting groups. I feel now that I have grabbed on to some ideas and concepts that I will be able to use.”
—Course participant

“This course was a perfect connection to my work and spoke to a need to have more concerted efforts to have more substantial time with parents to dig deeper into the constructs of being a parent. I am grateful for the structure and yet looseness of the modules to make it adaptable to a variety of parenting groups.”
—Course participant