AAFLE Classes for Parents
African American Parent Training Program©
We understand that approximately 75% of African American children are born to unmarried parents, many of whom are not in intimate relationships with each other. Therefore, AAPT classes are designed to teach biological parents and parent surrogates (e.g., step-parents, custodians, guardians, and foster parents) how to work together effectively to rear children to become happy, healthy, productive citizens. Pulling together on behalf of the children is especially challenging when partners are no longer in intmate relationships with each other and more so when there are new partners in the picture.
- The program includes 7 weekly classes and concludes with a commitment ceremony on the 8th week.
- Each class is 2.5 hours long.
- All adults responsible for rearing the children are strongly urged to attend all classes.This might include mother and father, mother and grandmother, grandmother and grandfather, foster parents. It might also include mother, father, step-parent, or new intimate partner of a parent.
- Theoretical framework: Cognitive and behavioral theories; human development theories; moral development theories; transpersonal theories; comprehensive, medically correct human sexuality education; as well as social justice and empowerment theories.
- Homework is assigned at the end of each session and is due at the beginning of the next class. It will be included in later sessions.
- Some assignments involve reading and writing. Please share with the instructor any concerns you have about the reading assignments.
- Program design includes wrap-around service delivery, meals provided prior to each class, structured child supervision and homework assistance, in addition to transportation when appropriate.
- Consultation and training regarding program development and course instruction are available upon request. See tab labeled "Consultation & Training."