A system of parenting programs for parents with children age 0-8.
The Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) System is a system of parenting programs for families with children ages 0-8,1 which seeks to strengthen parenting skills and prevent dysfunctional parenting, so as to prevent child maltreatment and emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems. The System emphasizes five core principles of positive parenting: (i) ensuring a safe, engaging environment; (ii) promoting a positive learning environment; (iii) using assertive discipline; (iv) maintaining reasonable expectations; and (v) taking care of oneself as a parent.
System services include various combinations of parenting seminars, parent skills-training sessions, and individual consultations. These services are provided in one to ten or more sessions, with the type and amount of service (i.e., service “levels”) tailored to the severity of the family’s dysfunction and/or child’s behavioral problems. Sessions are delivered by a variety of service providers from different settings (e.g., healthcare, preschools, elementary schools, mental health, social services) who have completed Triple P’s 3-5 day training regimen. The System also includes media strategies promoting positive parenting practices community-wide (e.g., news stories, parenting articles, newsletters, radio announcements).
In the study described in our full evidence summary, the System trained approximately 650 existing service providers in nine counties to deliver Triple P county-wide for families with children ages 0-8. The cost of building a public health infrastructure to deliver the Triple P System on roughly this scale – including training and supporting the service providers, and implementing the media strategies – is about $2.6 million, or $14 per child age 0-8, in 2017 dollars.2