Active Parenting: First Five Years™

Mental Health In-home Parent Skill-Based Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

Active Parenting: First Five Years™ is a parenting education program for parents or caregivers of children ages 5 and younger. Active Parenting: First Five Years is a variant of Active Parenting designed for younger children that aims to provide parents and caregivers with the information and skills necessary to support young children’s growth and development. The program aims to ready parents and caregivers for the demands of caring for young children and help strengthen their relationship with the child. 


Active Parenting: First Five Years includes up to four structured session topics: (1) parenting styles, stages of child development, and how to build a healthy parent-child bond; (2) children’s brain development and how to use nonviolent discipline; (3) encouragement and how to create appropriate consequences; and (4) strategies to help young children prepare for the school environment. Class leaders present session content through various mediums, such as leader presentations, PowerPoint slides, video vignettes, group discussions, role play and practice activities, and guidebook review. Home practice is supported with a workbook and online videos. 

Active Parenting: First Five Years does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies met eligibility criteria for review.

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Dec 2022


The program or service description, target population, and program or service delivery and implementation information were informed by the following sources: the program or service manual, the program or service developer’s website, and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.

This information does not necessarily represent the views of the program or service developers. For more information on how this program or service was reviewed, visit the Review Process page or download the Handbook.

Target Population

Active Parenting: First Five Years is designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 5 and younger.


Active Parenting: First Five Years is typically delivered in four weekly 2-hour group sessions. Class leaders deliver content to groups of approximately 10–20 parents and caregivers. Program intensity may be modified, including delivering all program content in eight 1-hour sessions or condensing into a weekend workshop. Program content can be implemented flexibly, including delivering only the first three sessions or delivering only session 4 as a standalone seminar.

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

Active Parenting: First Five Years is typically delivered in school settings or community-based organizations. Class leaders typically conduct sessions in person, though virtual delivery options are available.

Education, Certifications and Training

Implementing organizations may set educational requirements for class leaders. Formal training is not required, though class leader training workshops are available and consist of a 1-day, 7-hour live training webinar or a self-study class with video, reading, and discussion tools. 

Class leaders who have completed the training workshop can complete a formal certification process, though certification is not required to deliver the program. To become certified, a class leader must lead an Active Parenting class, administer class participant evaluation forms, complete a self-evaluation form, and send materials to the developer for approval. 

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Popkin, M. H., Morris, A. S., Slocum, R., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (2017). Active Parenting: First Five Years™: Leader’s guide. Active Parenting Publishers, Inc. 

Available languages

Active Parenting: First Five Years materials are available in English and Spanish.

Other supporting materials

Class Leader Training

Popkin, M. H., Morris, A. S., Slocum, R., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (2017). Active Parenting: First Five Years: Parent’s guide. Active Parenting Publishers.

For More Information


Phone: (800) 825-0060


Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Active Parenting: First Five Years™
Identified in Search 1
Eligible for Review 0
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 0
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0
Sometimes study results are reported in more than one document, or a single document reports results from multiple studies. Studies are identified below by their Prevention Services Clearinghouse study identification numbers.

Studies Not Eligible for Review

Study 14242

Jespersen, J. E., Morris, A. S., Hubbs-Tait, L., & Washburn, I. J. (2021). Evaluation of a parent education program emphasizing responsive parenting and mindfulness: An inclusive randomized controlled trial. Child & Youth Care Forum, 50(5), 859-883. 

This study is ineligible for review because it does not use an eligible study design (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.4).