Through funding made available from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Children, Youth and Family At-Risk Project, the Very Important Parents Curriculum and Program were developed. Recognizing that the majority of parent programs for teen parents use adult-based theories and research, the curriculum development team began a year-long process to create the VIP curriculum, grounding the curriculum in theoretical and empirical literature as well as knowledge gained through focus group interactions with teen parent groups. This curriculum is built on theoretical, research-based principles of parenting, relationship education, and life skill development and on two theories of instruction, component display theory and experiential learning.
Designed using existing research and input from teen parent focus groups, the VIP Program is designed to:
- Develop teen parents’ parenting, relationship, and life skills.
- Teach teen parents to cultivate child development and education.
- Use technology to promote two-way communication between teen parents and child care providers.
- Increase parent knowledge about social media as a positive tool for parent education.