Educational services are provided throughout Idaho to help families and individuals of all ages cope with the stresses of daily living. Prevention oriented education services emphasize personal growth, development and situational change.
The Active Parenting Now program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building a child’s self-esteem and creating a relationship with a child based upon active listening, honest communication and problem-solving. The program teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors. It also teaches parents how parenting practices must fit the society for which they are raising their children, the importance and use of choices, responsibility, mutual respect, emphasizing the family unit and saying no to drugs. A meal is also shared during each session of the Active Parenting program. This is an important activity not only for the nutritional needs of participants, but also to set a standard for family social development. Guest speakers (nutritionist, family educator, etc.) are invited to present information about how family meals nurture and strengthen the family unit. The family meals cultivate conversations to strengthen relationships and bring family members closer together. As socioeconomic demands have led to changes in family functioning, many families have drifted from the tradition of eating meals together. Active Parenting offers the opportunity for families to reinstate family meal time as a vital family activity.
Literacy Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP) is designed to increase academic achievement to meet and/or exceed local and state standards. Enrichment and recreation activities will reinforce academic interventions. LEAP educates and empowers youth and families to take ownership for their overall well-being, encompassing youth/family support, life skills, adult literacy, enrichment and recreation.
CCI offers specialized instruction for adult students who are learning English as a new language. Skills taught in these classes include listening, speaking, reading, writing, study skills, content vocabulary and cultural orientation.
The Nurturing Parenting Program focuses on positive protective factors including disapproval of substance use, bonding between youth and adults and development of healthy beliefs and clear standards of living. Participants in Nurturing Parenting classes increase positive self-concepts and self-esteem, build an empathic awareness of the needs of others and increase awareness of their own and each other’s needs, strengths and weaknesses. The Nurturing Parenting Program focuses on education of protective factors to stop the cycle of intergenerational child abuse, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency among high-risk youth and reduce the rate of alcohol abuse in high-risk families. Prevention strategies teach parents to replace unwanted abusive parenting patterns with more caring, nurturing ones. The program increases awareness of developmental needs of other family members and increase communication and expressiveness within the family. Family members learn about healthy physical and emotional development for themselves and others, how to build family support and cohesion and how to help each other in having fun. A meal is shared during each session of the Nurturing Parenting Program. This is an important activity not only for the nutritional needs of participants, but also to set a standard for family social development. Guest speakers (nutritionist, family educator, etc.) are invited to present information about how family meals nurture and strengthen the family unit. The family meals cultivate conversations to strengthen relationships and bring family members closer together. As socioeconomic demands have led to changes in family functioning, many families have drifted from the tradition of eating meals together. The Nurturing Parenting Program offers the opportunity for families to reinstate family meal time as a vital family activity.
Parenting Education and Leadership Programs help strengthen families by promoting positive parenting strategies and providing opportunities for family activities. Support groups allow parents to share parenting experiences with others who have been in their situation before and learn what it takes to help their children grow up in the healthiest possible environment. CCI teaches positive parenting, advocacy and leadership skills to parents with children of all ages using a variety of curricula. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the family, child abuse prevention and self-advocacy for parents. In addition to classroom instruction, individual case management and home visits are offered.
Love & Logic is an evidence based program that teaches an approach to raising kids that provides loving support from parents and caretakers while at the same time expecting kids to be respectful and responsible. Love & Logic teaches that parents and caretakers should “lock in our empathy, love and understanding” prior to telling kids what the consequences of their actions will be. The Parenting the Love & Logic Way™ curriculum teaches parents and caretakers how to hold their kids accountable in this special way. The Love & Logic method causes the child to see their parent as the “good guy” and the child’s poor decision as the “bad guy.” When done on a regular basis, kids develop an internal voice that says, “I wonder how much pain I’m going to cause for myself with my next decision.” Kids who develop this internal voice become more capable of standing up to peer pressure.
Powerful Families is an evidence-based curriculum that focuses on building parent leadership, financial literacy and advocacy by improving parenting skills while reducing stress and isolation. The six-week course trains low-income parents and caregivers to be leaders within their families, manage money and advocate for their families’ needs. The Advocacy curriculum focuses on how families can connect with resources, navigate public systems and negotiate with various stakeholders to fulfill family needs. The Financial Literacy curriculum focuses on topics such as banking, budgeting, managing credit, avoiding predatory lending and tax benefit assistance. While parents attend education sessions, children participate in age appropriate educational and recreational activities.
Information & Referral
Education Services are offered in a variety of languages. Services may vary slightly per office, but all locations provide accurate and timely information to individuals and families seeking help for any type of human service need. Please click below for details on how to contact a Family Strengthening Center near you.