Parents have the power to shape their children’s futures. In partnership with Families First, parents build:
KNOWLEDGE: Parents learn about parenting and child development.
SKILLS: Parents gain actionable skills and strategies.
SUPPORT SYSTEMS: Parents connect with other parents and community resources.
The Power of Parenting program includes interactive, skills-based parenting education and support during twelve weekly sessions. Programs take place at our partner sites — such as childcare centers or health centers — so parents can come together right in their own communities.
Parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8 work with our experienced Parenting Educators to explore topics like…
Growth and Change in the Early Years
Play As Learning
Media and Brain Development
The program includes…
SEVEN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPSwhere parents learn about child development and build their parenting skills
THREE PARENT CAFÉ DISCUSSION SESSIONS where parents can share and discuss their experiences in small groups
PARENT LEADERSHIPand professional development opportunities
FAMILIES FIRST’S MOBILE APPwhere parents can find information and videos
CONNECTIONS to community resources
A GRADUATIONwhere parents can celebrate their accomplishments with their community
Each participating parent is connected to the resources they need to reach their personal goals and set their family on a path to success, including:
Experiential course credits at Urban College of Boston
Jumpstart literacy programming for children at select program sites
Program graduation attire from Dress for Success
College and career guidance from Duet
Parents who complete the program are more informed, confident, and supported.
“One of the causes of stress that I had before Families First was that I didn’t have a support group around. I just didn’t have anyone to help me with my kids.
Now, if I see a parent that I met in the class, and she is struggling, now we have a connection… besides the program, we are connecting in the community because of Families First.”
“I’m in love with the program. It was my time to express myself, and I was able to get a lot of feedback and ideas from other parents.”
“The Power of Parenting is giving us the tools and the kit to kick-start this whole journey—this whole process of being parents.”
“Before, I felt overwhelmed and incapable of prioritizing life. Now I am focusing on being a great mom, and everything else is falling into place.”
“I am way more purposeful and thoughtful and calm in the way I approach parenting. Rather than letting life happen and realizing my mistakes afterward, I am able to plan and prepare for the parent I want to be, on purpose.”
“I’ve learned to be more patient and not go crazy when I get bombarded with multiple kids and multiple problems at once. I’m not perfect, but I have the tools to get better every day.”
“It uplifted me to look within myself, step out of myself, to figure out things I know I need to make my situation better as far as being a parent.”
“Before my children were frustrated because I did not understand them. Now I treat them with more patience and try to teach them or ask them what they want to express.”
“This program has helped me so much, and I am putting what I learned into practice. I feel very happy with my children. I feel like a super-parent.”