Many children between the ages of 2 and 6 have difficult or challenging behaviors, such as tantrums. And while these behaviors are normal for children in this age range, they can be frustrating and difficult for caregivers to deal with.
The PriCARE Parenting Program can help. PriCARE is a free, six-week group training program for caregivers that helps to improve children’s behaviors and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship. Most caregivers who attend PriCARE notice an improvement in their children’s behaviors; many of them also report a decrease in their own personal stress.
How It Works
- PriCARE groups meet once a week for six weeks in a row.
- Each PriCARE group includes four to eight caregivers and is led by two trainers.
- The trainers use fun, hands-on activities to teach participants skills to increase their children’s positive behaviors and reduce difficult behaviors.
- The trainers cover a different topic at each class session:
- Connecting with your child through play
- Skills in parenting: the 3 Ps of PriCARE
- Understanding and managing stress
- How to ignore effectively
- Giving good commands
- Effective behavior management skills
You will be encouraged to practice the skills at home with your child in between sessions.
Who Can Participate
Anyone who cares for children – including parents, grandparents, foster parents, guardians, aunts and uncles – can participate in PriCARE. The children do not attend the sessions with the caregivers but are welcome to participate in the on-site childcare option.
Times and Locations
PriCARE classes are held at two CHOP locations:
Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center
4865 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19139
CHOP Primary Care, South Philadelphia
1700 S. Broad St., Unit 301
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Morning (10-11:30 a.m.) and evening (6-7:30 p.m.) sessions are available.
New groups start every six to eight weeks. We will do our best to find a group that fits with your schedule.
At each session, we provide food and SEPTA tokens. Free childcare is also available for children ages 2-10.
It is very important that you do your best to attend every session because each session builds off skills learned the week before. Please note that if two sessions in a row are missed, you can no longer participate in your assigned group because we want to help make sure that you get the most out of your PriCARE participation. If your assigned group schedule no longer works for you, please let us know and we will do our best to reschedule you for another group.
Testimonials from participating caregivers
In a survey of previous participants, 90% of caregivers reported an improvement in their relationship with a child as a result and 80% reported that their child's major behavior problem improved.
“She changed a lot, not just at home but as well as in school…her behavior is much better. She’s more calm and relaxed…she does better [in school] than she did before.”
“The trainers were awesome. They were really knowledgeable, but also kind and understanding…It was nice to feel like you were in a safe space where you weren’t going to be judged.”
If you would like more information about PriCARE, call or text us at 267-318-1707 or email us.