The Parent Project is a free, 12-week course that is offered in English, Tongan and Samoan to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities.
Parents/caregivers learn and practice skills such as:
- appropriate ways to discipline
- preventing or stopping alcohol, drug and tobacco use
- improving communication skills
- improving grades and school attendance
- two times a year with different cohorts
- outreach/referrals from court mandated judges and schools
- follow-up case management
- community engagement and community service with agencies and organizations
- mental health and wellness support and advocacy and check-ins
The participants received valuable resource information on local agencies like Samaritan House and Second Harvest, in addition to learning about Parent Project® topics such as managing conflict and active listening. Since the Office of Diversity and Equity Parent Project course was approved for San Mateo County Measure K (previously Measure A) funding in 2013, 100+ classes have been provided and 2000+ San Mateo County parents have graduated from the program.