CAPC offers free evidence-based parenting classes across Contra Costa County in English and in Spanish. Nurturing Parenting curriculum is designed to build nurturing parenting skills that break the inter-generational cycle of child maltreatment and dysfunction. As well, the program provides support and resources for parents.

Long-Term Goals

Goals of the curriculum include:

  • Preventing recidivism in families receiving social services
  • Connecting families to community resources
  • Reducing the rate of juvenile delinquency and substance abuse
  • Stopping the inter-generational cycle of child maltreatment by teaching positive parenting behavior

Targeting families that are at risk of abuse and neglect, the program serves as a primary prevention tool to increase healthy parenting knowledge and skills.

Nurturing Parenting Philosophy

The nurturing parenting philosophy of non-violent parenting focuses on developing:

  • Empathy
  • Self worth
  • Self awareness
  • Empowerment
  • Discipline with dignity
  • Appropriate family roles
  • Age appropriate expectations of a child’s development
  • Nurturing & Attachment; children need love & respect to encourage their optimal health & development

The Nurturing Parenting “Center-Based” Program & NEW Special Needs Program

We use the Strengthen Families Framework incorporating the Six Protective Factors that serve to protect children & promote their healthy development & well-being, especially during times of stress. Building these strengths at every opportunity is a proven way to strengthen families & prevent child abuse & neglect.

  1. Parental Resilience. Strength, flexibility & courage during stress to deal with challenges.
  2. Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development. Parenting is part natural & part learned; there’s no such thing as a perfect parent.
  3. Social Connections. Parents need friends, family & neighbors that care about them & their children.
  4. Concrete Supports in Times of Need. Everyone needs help sometimes; it’s okay to ask for help, which builds resilience.
  5. Social & Emotional Competence. Through positive interactions with caring adults, children learn to communicate, develop & learn to use their thinking skills appropriately.
  6. Nurturing & Attachment: A child’s early experiences developing a bond with a caring adult affects their behavior and development. Spend time with each child and as a family whenever you can.

Classes in English and Spanish

Parents and children attend classes for 15-22 weeks that meet concurrently and are administered by CAPC-trained facilitators. Classes are designed to:

  • Build self awareness
  • Instill positive self concept/self esteem
  • Develop levels of empathy
  • Enhance family communication and awareness of individual needs

Classes highlight replacing abusive behaviors with nurturing intentional habits, promoting healthy physical and emotional development, while teaching appropriate role and developmental expectations. Each week parents and children are provided with dinner and classroom activities entail role plays, videos, worksheets, parent handbooks and assessment inventories. In addition, parents and children learn how to play games, sing songs and have fun as a family.

Each family in the program is awarded a stipend for successfully completing either the 15 or 22-week long coursework. Classes are offered free of charge and run July through December and January through July at various locations across Contra Costa County. For additional information, call (925) 798-0546.

“Taking this class helped me and my family, I remember that I was one of those people who
quickly got angry with my children and sometimes did not let others speak. I was right, I didn’t
even know why. With the help of this class I try to listen first, I try to come to an agreement so
that everyone in my house is on the same page. When I start to get angry, I better go for a walk,
that has been helping me a lot. The class has given me options”

“I try to understand my children more when they do something that isn’t right, instead of scolding
or punishing them, I have more patience with them, I talk to them more and make them see the
consequences of their actions. I have also realized that there are other mothers who live similar
situations to mine with their children, listening to them makes me feel good because I see that it
is something more common than I thought.
I have also learned that the way I was raised may not have been the most appropriate and that I
don’t have to repeat it with my children, because I didn’t like it.
Another thing I learned is that hitting or mistreating children is not a good way to educate them,
it is better to talk and make rules with rewards and consequences for everything they do.
I thank all the people who make it possible