Active Parenting: First Five Years

Active Parenting: First Five Years Program on Flash Drive or Streaming

Active Parenting: First Five Years is a multicultural, video-based discussion program for parents, early childhood staff, and caregivers of children ages birth to 5. It addresses basic skills, the stages of development, and more. Produced in conjunction with Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension.

Available in English and Spanish, with videoembedded PowerPoint available through Streaming or on Flash Drive. 

Here’s what you’ll love about the Active Parenting: First Five Years program:

  • Flexible design allows you to lead a class of 1, 3, or 4 sessions
  • Easy-to-read Parent’s Guide
  • Engaging video available embedded in PowerPoint on Flash Drive or Streaming—your choice!
  • A special session dedicated to school readiness and parent engagement
  • Evidence of effectiveness and research tools
  • Also available in Spanish
  • Online Video Library subscription (included in the Jump-Start Package) can be used as an additional resource for parents 
  • And, of course, the same effective Active Parenting method that has helped millions of families for over 40 years!

The Active Parenting: First Five Years parenting program provides 1-4 sessions packed with the information new parents need.

Implement your parenting class in 3-4 sessions — or hold a 1-session parent engagement workshop. With so many different kinds of parents, why should there be only one kind of class? Active Parenting: First Five Years is designed to make it easy for you to offer:

AA comprehensive, 4-session parenting class offering an in-depth exploration of the concepts and additional topics
(Sessions I-IV, see below)

BA 3-session class for core Active Parenting skills
(Sessions I-III, see below)

CA 1-session unit on parent engagement skills to build school success
(Session IV only, below)

First Five Years Sessions Chart

SESSION I – You and Your Child: Styles of parenting, ages and stages of development, building a bond with your child, the method of choice

SESSION II – Preventing Problems: Your child’s beautiful brain, using nonviolent discipline, the “A-C-T” of parenting

SESSION III – Encouraging Positive Behavior: The power of encouragement, choices and consequences, caring for the caregiver

SESSION IV – Preparing for School Success: 6 smart things parents can do to help young children get ready for school

Other Program Materials:

Active Parenting: First Five Years Parent’s Guide

SKU: 1683

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Active Parenting: First Five Years Certificate of Completion

SKU: 1684E

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Active Parenting: First Five Years Key Point Magnet (pkg/5)

SKU: 7157

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Active Parenting: First Five Years Leader’s Guide

SKU: 1682

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Active Parenting: First Five Years Course Announcement Poster

SKU: 1685

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Active Parenting: First Five Years Promo Flyer

SKU: 168F

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Active Parenting: First Five Years Online Group

SKU: 360Fx

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Active Parenting: First Five Years Online Video Library (subscription)

Active Parenting: First Five Years Online Video Library (subscription)


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“A great revision! Our parents will love it!!”

Steven J. Hargrave, MA, LPC-S, LMFT
NCC Iberia Parish (Louisiana) School System

“This program is the ‘instruction manual’ that every first, second, third time parent needs. Amazing insight into the mind and what is needed for parents of children in the first five years. A MUST for all teen parents!”

Sue Legal
Ouachita Children’s Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas

“First Five Years is a must-have parent education program for any parent who wants to ensure a successful start to their child’s early developmental years and an enjoyable, informed and confident parenting experience at the same time!”

Joan Romeo
Certified Life and Parent Coach, Woolwich Township, New Jersey

Media Reviews

From Video Librarian magazine, Vol. 32 No. 5 (September/October 2017)

Active Parenting: First Five Years—Video 1: You and Your Child (3½ stars out of 4) (2017) 23 min. DVD; $79.95. Active Parenting Publishers. PPR. ISBN: 978-1-59723345-3.

New parents often wonder about what’s going on in the minds of their babies—and how to respond in the best manner possible. Based on the concept of “active parenting” (which emphasizes bonding with children, encouragement, and non-violent discipline), You and Your Child—the first entry in the four-part Active Parenting: First Five Years series—helps parents understand why kids do some of the things they do at various ages. In an entertaining rap music segment, a teen girl and boy describe the normal behaviors and experiences of kids, including how infants explore their environment through touch (and put almost everything in their mouths), the tantrums of the terrible twos, the connection to parents through reading and story time, and more, as the tiny baby grows into a big kid. Acting out common situations, multicultural parents share their challenges and approaches. Topping the list, of course, is trying to figure out what a crying baby needs—quickly followed by learning how to function as a parent in the face of ongoing fatigue. Depicting various scenarios (including tough ones related to arguments and discipline), the program emphasizes that the challenges and triumphs in child-raising are similar for all. The other titles in the series are Preventing Problems, Encouraging Positive Behavior, and Preparing Your Child for School Success. Highly recommended. Aud: P. (C. Block)


National Parenting Product Awards winner
WINNER of the National Parenting Product Award!

Finalist, 2017 REVERE Awards (Association of American Publishers) – category: Professional Resources, School Climate