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Manuals | November 17, 2015

Parenting Support in Africa

This manual is intended for use by implementing agencies interested in establishing parenting programs. The manual is primarily targeted for implementers working with children ages 12 and younger, although adolescent development is briefly covered as an introduction to the continuation of development throughout the life cycle. In practice, this manual should serve as the framework for implementing and carrying out a parenting curriculum which trainers adapt to meet the needs of their particular interests. For this reason, sample planning templates, handouts, modifications, and trainer’s notes have been included which are easily adapted to different settings.

This manual is divided into eight separate sessions which provide parents with a background in the developmental domains and processes of children age 12 and under as well as the skills necessary to foster effective communication and behavior management with their children.

Each session contains:

  • A facilitator’s guide with a interactive scripted parenting curriculum complete with activities and extension exercises to practice skills discussed.
  • Handouts, forms, and additional resources to be used in conjunction with each session.
  • Note: PowerPoint slides are available to be used in conjunction with many of the sessions provided in this manual but are not mandatory.

Parenting Support in Africa: A Facilitator’s Manual


Session 1. Child Development and Its Importance


Session 2. Developmental Domains (SPECS)


Session 3. Importance of Play

Session 4. Child-Directed Interactions


Session 5. Parent-Directed Interactions


Session 6. Behavior Management



Session 7. Parent Support


Session 8. Positive Parenting