Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonía y Superación (CAPAS)

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • This strategy can help address educational disparities and promote healthy childhood environments. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve these outcomes are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program basics

  • Culturally adapted version of GenerationPMTO (Parent Management Training Oregon) for Latinx parents
  • Focuses on the reciprocity of positive interaction between parents and children
  • Aimed at families with children exhibiting mild to moderate behavioral problems
  • Parents attend 12 sessions over a 12-week period
  • Contains five primary goals: (1) to promote positive parent-child involvement, (2) to help children develop prosocial skills, (3) to decrease children’s deviant behavior through effective discipline, (4) to enhance parental supervision, and (5) to encourage family problem solving

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)


Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the National Institute of Justice

Target population

Parents with children under the age of 5

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Randomized control trial findings include:
  • Increase in parents feeling encouraged about their parenting skills
  • Increased measures of parental supervision
  • Increase in positive family problem-solving behaviors
  • Increased positive parental involvement
  • Increased use of limit-setting strategies in response to misbehaving children

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Programs should be conducted in trusted spaces, like the buildings of local religious organizations or other community groups.
  • Models should address parenting practices within a broad range of contexts but also take into account unique stressors like immigration, discrimination, language adjustment difficulties, etc.
  • Adaptations in new communities should be carried out after assessing the needs of that community and creating ways to measure impact.
  • Partnerships with community leaders can assist in setting goals and adapting content to specific audiences.
  • Ensuring that community members' needs and wants determine interventional approach and process adaptations will likely improve levels of engagement.
  • Balancing adaptation and fidelity requires continuous monitoring to prevent method drift while matching the preferences, culture and context of participants.

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