Parents are uniquely positioned to shape and influence the future success of their children. Action for Children offers several programs and workshops for parents to learn and develop new skills to help them.

FREE Online Parenting Support During COVID-19

Triple P Online (TPOL) is a self-directed parenting course that is delivered via a smartphone, tablet, or computer with internet access. Triple P Online is designed to help parents set their own goals, become confident in their ability to manage parenting issues, and become self-sufficient problem solvers. Sign up for brief, one-on-one parenting support by phone on a wide variety of topics for parents and caregivers of young children, including:

  • Dealing with Disobedience
    Get tips on how to get kids to listen and follow directions—and what to do when they don’t.
  • Managing Fighting and Anger
    Learn strategies for teaching kids to solve problems and get along with others.
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
    Get advice on getting your kid to go to bed—and staying there.

TPOL is currently available in Madison, Marion, Pickaway, and Union counties. To sign up, email TripleP@actionforchildren.org or call 614-382-2445.

 

The Art of Positive Parenting (TAPP)

This is a six-week, twelve-hour course providing an in-depth discussion about The Art of Positive Parenting skills and philosophies.  These sessions are ideal for parents who want to learn the theories behind the skills, time to practice them, talk with other parents, and receive coaching by the instructor.  This program has helped tens of thousands of parents over the past forty years.  If you have a case plan, court order, or attorney referral, this course will satisfy the requirement. Learn more.

TAPP Express

This three week, six-hour course is ideal for parents who want a fast-paced course that focuses more on using The Art of Positive Parenting skills, and less on the theories behind them.  This class is designed for parents who are seeking parenting tips and enhanced skills. Learn more.

Putting the Children First 

This 2-hour seminar is designed for parents who have filed for divorce, dissolution or legal separation. Understanding that each situation is unique and the impact on divorce can vary, this seminar focuses on steps parents can take to help their child(ren) feel secure during this time. Topics include: How to know what is best for your child; communicating with the other parent; reducing stress; dealing with rules at the other parent’s house, and resources to help with a variety of challenges.

Putting the Children First is offered both online and in-person. In-person classes are ONLY for those who have filed their case in Franklin County. The online class is available to anyone. Learn more.

Parents Who Parent Separately

This six week, twelve-hour class is designed for parents who are in a co-parenting role due to divorce, dissolution or legal separation.  If your child is having difficulty adjusting to spending time in two homes, or if you are concerned that your child is “caught in the middle” of the parents’ challenges, this class will help.  You may also wish to take this class if a judge, magistrate or Guardian ad Litem has referred you. Topics include: maintaining boundaries and rules in your home, listening to your child, communicating with the other parent about the children, and how to make decisions that are best for the children. Learn more.

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Raising children isn’t always easy. Would you like to feel less stressed and feel confident that you are raising happy, confident kids?

The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) gives parents new ideas and a chance to meet other parents. This program is for parents and caregivers of children 0 to 8 years old. It helps parents manage behavior and address problem behaviors. Perhaps it’s your toddler’s supermarket meltdowns… or nightly bedtime battles with your daughter… or your son’s disobedience or aggression. We give tips on how to settle the problem – quickly and calmly!

We won’t tell you how to parent. But we will give you simple, practical strategies you can adapt to suit your family’s values, beliefs and needs. Because we know happier families lead to better relationships… and successful kids!

You can attend any of the small group discussions below. These two-hour small group discussions target a specific problem or topic, such as:

  • Dealing with Disobedience
    Get tips on how to get kids to listen and follow directions—and what to do when they don’t.
  • Hassle-Free Shopping with Children
    See how to plan for easy, calm trips out in public and how to deal when kids act up.
  • Managing Fighting and Anger
    Learn strategies for teaching kids to solve problems and get along with others.
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
    Get advice on getting your kid to go to bed—and staying there.

Triple P is currently available in Madison, Marion, Pickaway, and Union counties. To sign up, email TripleP@actionforchildren.org or call 614-382-2445. Learn more about Triple P and register for upcoming classes.

Father Factor

This sixteen-hour course designed for Fathers is offered in multiple counties, in multiple formats. The Father Factor program is dedicated to strengthening and honoring the role of today’s father with the hope and promise for you and your child’s future. Father Factor recognizes that fathers have unique qualities, strengths, and talents that make them critical to their child’s healthy growth and development. Today, most dads need to explore and engage their ‘Father Factor.’ We have created the Father Factor with the goal of providing men a classroom curriculum that improves the attitudes and skills needed for responsible parenthood. Father Factor program offers parenting and co-parenting skills; assistance with paternity, parenting time and child support; employment services; and free resources to assist in establishing and building relationships with children. Learn More.

The Journey 

This collaborative program with Franklin County CSEA, Jewish Family Services, and Goodwill Columbus provides a group setting for fathers to gain hands-on parenting skills and co-parenting strategies. In this program, fathers participate in job readiness classes and receive workforce development services. We also provide individual Case Management services addressing self-identified barriers. The Journey is Funded by the Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services and is FREE to eligible fathers. Offered in Franklin County only. For more information, contact Jeff Kramer at 614-224-0222 ext. 137

Mothers Matter

This sixteen-hour course is designed for mothers dedicated to strengthening and honoring the special role they play in the lives of their children. Learn the art of communicating in new ways that will help you better connect with your children and lead to a productive and positive relationship. Topics include the Art of Listening, Positive Communication, R.E.S.P.E.C.T.ful Discipline, Co-Parenting, Decision Making and Stress Management. Learn more.