APA’s violence prevention program
is recognized by WHO and Head Start
APA’s positive parenting program has expanded its
visibility. The World Health Organization has given ACT
its seal of approval by listing the program in its handbook,
“Implementing Child Maltreatment Prevention Programmes:
What Experts Say.” In addition, the program has earned a
spot on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’
“Compendium of Parenting Interventions,” the elite collection
of evidence-based childhood parenting interventions that
guides Head Start.
Launched in 2001, the ACT Raising Safe Kids program is
designed to be delivered in nine sessions by trained professionals
who teach parents and caregivers positive parenting skills to raise
children without violence and to prevent maltreatment.
ACT is offered in schools, child-care centers, mental health
clinics, hospitals, churches, prisons and community centers in
communities throughout 19 U.S. states and in Washington,
D.C., Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Greece,
Guatemala, Japan and Taiwan. Training on how to teach
the ACT intervention is offered in the United States at five
regional centers located in LaGrange Park, Illinois; Lima, Ohio;
Waltham, Massachusetts; Miami; and Washington, D.C.
While ACT is already offered in many Head Start centers
throughout the United States, “having this status will make it
much easier for us to promote our program to more centers,”
says ACT Director Julia M. da Silva. Expanding ACT through
Head Start will likely help children two fold. Children will
benefit from the skills their parents learn and from their parents
being more involved in their schools.
“When a program is offered specifically for parents at an
educational setting, research shows that it improves their
relationship with the school, that they are more likely to
participate and become even more invested,” says da Silva.
Find more information on ACT at http://actagainstviolence.