Common Sense Parenting® of Toddlers and Preschoolers
Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) of Toddlers and Preschoolers is a group-based parent training class designed for parents of children ages 2–5. CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers is an age-based adaptation of Common Sense Parenting® – School Age that aims to teach positive parenting techniques to strengthen the parent-child bond, and behavior management strategies to help increase positive child behaviors, decrease child problem behaviors, and model appropriate options to address child behaviors.
Trainers deliver CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers in seven structured sessions that teach parents about: (1) child development, setting expectations, and different ways of nurturing children; (2) teaching children right from wrong; (3) creating more opportunities to encourage good behavior; (4) effectively teaching children better habits; (5) correcting problem behaviors; (6) giving children the time and skills needed to calm down; and (7) how to develop parenting styles that will improve parent-child relationships. In each session, trainers review the prior session, and instruct parents in new skills, model strategies, and summarize the lesson. Between sessions, parents complete brief reading assignments.
CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies met eligibility criteria for review.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Apr 2023
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CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers is designed for parents of children ages 2–5.
Trainers deliver seven weekly 2-hour CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers sessions in-person to groups of 8–10 parents.
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings
Trainers can deliver CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers in-person in school settings, community-based organizations, and hospitals.
Education, Certifications and Training
Trainers must have at least an associate degree in Human Services or Behavioral Sciences or 2 years of direct service or training experience.
Trainers must complete a 3-day training workshop, either online or on-site. During workshops, trainers lead role play activities, discussions, and video demonstrations.
Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review
Barnes, B. A., & York, S. M. (2015). Common Sense Parenting® of Toddlers and Preschoolers: Practical, effective strategies for raising well-behaved kids and being a more confident parent: Trainer guide (2nd ed.). Boys Town Press.
CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers materials are available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
Other supporting materials
CSP of Toddlers and Preschoolers Classes
Barnes, B. A., & York, S. M. (2015). Common Sense Parenting® of Toddlers and Preschoolers: Practical, effective strategies for raising well-behaved kids and being a more confident parent (2nd ed.). Boys Town Press.
Barnes, B. A., & York, S. M. (2015). Common Sense Parenting® of Toddlers and Preschoolers: Practical, effective strategies for raising well-behaved kids and being a more confident parent: Parent workbook (2nd ed.). Boys Town Press.
For More Information
Phone: (800) 545-5771
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.
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