Foundational Training and Curriculum


Foundational Training

In our three-day Foundational Training, parent educators and other family support professionals learn to use the Foundational Curriculum effectively as they work with families to partner, facilitate, and reflect. Both the training and curriculum cover children’s growth and development from before birth through age three.

The training is facilitated by expert trainers who emphasize reflective practice and hands-on learning.

Other highlights of the Foundational Training:

  • Emphasis on the Parents as Teachers approach to working with families.

  • Building relationship-based competencies for providing personal visits.

  • Strengthening protective factors to improve parenting behaviors and maximize child outcomes.

To find out more about the training dates and prices, please visit the online Class Schedule.

The Foundational Training is a prerequisite to the Model Implementation Training, both for program supervisors and for parent educators who work for Parents as Teachers affiliate programs. Foundational Training and Model Implementation Training can be offered consecutively as a five-day training.

Foundational Curriculum

This evidence-informed and research-based curriculum was developed to equip parent educators with information to identify and build on family strengths, capabilities, and skills and to foster family protective factors. It features family-friendly activities and resources that engage parents in their children’s learning and development and inform their decisions around everything from nutrition to discipline to health. All of the materials for parents are available in English and Spanish.

Through parent educator resources, parent handouts, and activity pages, the curriculum promotes and strengthens the following content areas:

  • Child Development

  • Parenting Behaviors

  • Parent-Child Interaction

  • Development-Centered Parenting

  • Family Well-Being

The online publishing format allows content to be revised regularly, so that the content keeps up with advances in research, new scientific insights, and updated safety recommendations.

The Foundational Curriculum supports expected outcomes in both Parents as Teachers model affiliate programs and in other settings. It does this by:

  • Helping parents understand what comes next in the progression of development so they can provide support for all four developmental domains (language, cognitive, social-emotional, and motor) as well as their child’s approaches to learning.

  • Providing up-to-date information that enhances parent educators’ knowledge base and guides their role with families, including on sensitive topics such as maternal depression, substance use, mental health, domestic violence, developmental delays, and exposure to neurotoxins.

  • Offering easy-to-read handouts designed to reinforce parents’ learning between personal visits, on topics ranging from play to sleep to nutrition to family relationships.

  • Suggesting more than 250 activities that explore parent-child interaction in the context of children’s growth and development.

Ongoing access to the Foundational Curriculum is contingent upon annual renewals.