Community Parent Education Program

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 overview

  • Intervention aims to equip parents of children demonstrating disruptive behaviors (for example, those with hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, or oppositional defiant disorder) with problem-solving skills to address and mediate behavior and build better parent-child relationships.
  • Administered in groups of 15-25 at schools and other community locations.

Evidence and impacts


Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

  • Decline in behavior problems among children with nonclinical high levels of problems
  • Reduction in stress and increased perceived parental control

Best practices in implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Families with single parent status, immigrant backgrounds, and limited extracurricular child activities face higher barriers to participation and must be engaged accordingly.
  • Parents of children with less severe behavior problems are less likely to enroll in the program.
  • Program is most effective when it is participant-driven and parents are allowed the space to identify their common problems and communally develop solutions with the help of leaders.