"The workshop has helped us better understand our child's inner world, by being more aware of her maturation process in terms of emotion control, by using the wheel of feelings, by looking from her perspective, and many more. It created a great platform where parents share their experiences, concerns, and support each other. As a result, we have become more comfortable, effective parents..."

"When I first came to this class, I thought my children were misbehaving to make my life more difficult. Now that I know it is normal for children to misbehave because they are learning how to understand the world, how to relate to others, and don't behave like adults, it is easier for me to calm down and teach them how they should behave."

"This program covered a broad range of topics, was very well done, and I hope there will be more opportunities to learn more because it was very valuable/ helpful for us as parents. Thanks for everything."

"My daughter told me that I am a better mom lately and I told her that I should thank the weekend [ACT Raising Safe Kids] parenting classes you teach. I think the class enables me to enjoy parenthood better and understand my child better."

Parent Groups

The ACT program helps families raise safe & strong children.

The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program is an eight-week workshop for parents and caretakers of young children ages 0-8. The program is led by a certified ACT facilitator from the local community. See our ACT Raising Safe Kids Brochure for an overview of the program or hear from the ACT Northeast regional director here.  

Topics Covered in the Curriculum:

  • Understanding Your Child's Behaviors

  • Understanding Exposure to Violence

  • Understanding and Controlling Parents' Anger

  • Understanding and Helping Angry Children

  • Children and Electronic Media

  • Discipline and Parenting Styles

  • Discipline for Positive Behaviors

  • Keeping the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program With You

Parents and Caregivers Learn:

  • To connect with other parents and engage in discussions about how to help their child(ren) process exposures to media violence and conflicts.
  • What children are capable of understanding and doing at different ages.
  • The roots and consequences of conflict in children's lives.
  • How child development is affected by conflict.
  • Positive conflict resolution approaches for children.
  • How to discipline versus punish children.
  • Early conflict prevention skills including: anger management, social-problem solving, media literacy, media literacy: the impact of TV video and computer games on young children.


  • Child care is available for most parent groups; be sure to check with your facilitator. ACT-relevant activities may be available by child care professionals.