The vision for this initiative is that if private and public organizations share a common approach to parent education, they will affect a culture change that will make it more possible that all children and youth will have opportunities to reach their full potential. This vision is shared among members of the Georgetown County Youth Collaborative Groups who believe they can help children and youth best when people, organizations, and agencies work together on parent education.
By adopting a common approach to parent education those involved will change the culture of Georgetown County. If they change the culture, they will have a direct impact on the education and health systems that address the root causes of poverty. They will also have an impact on the trajectory of children and youth toward better life choices that include post high school education and career development.
The collaborative groups believe Triple P is the best parent education program for the Georgetown Community. Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is an evidence-based parenting education program that has been adopted by Children’s Trust of South Carolina as a model for the state. Triple P was adopted not only because it is one of the most strongly evidenced based parenting programs available, it is also a model that normalizes parenting responsibilities so that no stigma is associated with those who seek help. Countless studies have shown that this program, especially if offered comprehensively, improves the lives of children and their parents.
Here is a brief overview of the Triple P levels
• Level 1 Triple P is called “Stay Positive” provides strategies and messaging to help communities talk positively, inclusively, and non-judgmentally about parenting.
• Level 2 Triple P includes brief intervention and seminars and discussion groups that last about 90 minutes. This level is useful for programs that want to provide positive parenting overviews, and it is a good way to introduce parents to the upper service levels.
• Level 3 Triple P provides brief consultation and discussion groups for issues parents may need some limited support to resolve.
• Level 4 Triple P provides more in-depth parent counseling.
• Level 5 Triple P Level 5 provides several options for additional support for parents with greater needs around their own coping and stress management. Basic Triple P is for children up to 12 years old. There is also a Triple P for teens and one for children with disabilities. For this initiative, the plan is to start with the Basic Triple P