Evidence-Based Parent-Child Programs

Outreach’s evidence-based programs focus on promoting the social, emotional, and academic competence of children, working with parents and caregivers to ensure kids are ready to succeed in school and life.


Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based home visiting program that supports parents as their child’s first teacher.  Certified Family Development Specialists partner with parents to increase their knowledge of child development and to advance their child’s critical skills starting from the prenatal stage and continuing through kindergarten.

Program Emphasis


  • Parent-Child Interaction
  • Early Learning
  • School Readiness
  • Early Childhood Health/Development Screenings
  • Overall Family Well-being



Parents and caregivers need support to help children handle strong emotions, especially negative ones like anger and frustration.

Certified Specialists help parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 handle typical child behavior concerns. Specialized curriculum is available to address specific needs related to autism and language delays. Meals, transportation, and childcare are provided to participants. Virtual classes are offered.

Program Emphasis

  • Emotional/Social Competence
  • Problem Solving
  • Confidence
  • Learning Skills
  • Reducing and Preventing Aggression



To naturally develop key motor skills, socialization, confidence, and imagination, children need to play with other children. Along with their parents or caregivers, children develop essential skills and enjoy interacting with their peers in Outreach’s cheerful, toddler-friendly classroom.

Funded by local donations, this program is open to all families in    Lackawanna County.

Program Emphasis

  • Experiential Learning
  • Age-appropriate STEM activities
  • Literacy
  • Child Development
  • Parenting Skills




SafeCare® Augmented is an evidence-based home visiting program for families with children from birth to five years.  Outreach’s Certified Family Development Specialists are specially trained to support parents by providing information and coaching in three important areas:

Program Emphasis


  • Parent-Child Interaction
  • Child Health/Wellness
  • Home Safety


A parent in Outreach’s Incredible Years program works on a child- directed home activity, as discussed during weekly parenting classes.

Outreach’s Toddler Play & Learn Group offers fun learning activities for parents and children to engage in together.

A mother and her child share quality time during our Parents as Teachers program.