ACT - Raising safe kids

As a church family we are blessed to share this parenting program with our community. This is for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 8 years old.

What is ACT?

   The ACT Raising Safe Kids program is a national evidence based parent’s education program designed by the American Psychological Association (APA).  While created for adults who care for children between the ages of 0 and 8 years old, the program teaches invaluable skills to caregivers with children of all ages. ACT aims to strengthen positive parenting skills by teaching child development, behavior management, tools for effective discipline, anger and conflict management, and media literacy. The ACT Raising Safe Kids program provides caregivers with a supportive social network and promotes families creating safe communities for their children.  The program is a social-cognitive intervention that is based on the following assumptions:​​​

  • Violence results in part from individuals lack of social and problem solving skills needed to deal with conflicts.
  • Violence is a learned behavior.
  • Children learn by observing and imitating adults and others. 
  • Parents and caregivers can change or improve their parenting skills and practices that promote nurturing and safe environments for children and prevent child maltreatment.  Parents can teach children positive ways to deal with conflict and anger.
  • Parents and caregivers are the most important role models for children. 
  • Children who learn to control their emotions and to resolve conflicts in positive ways are more likely to avoid involvement with violence later in life.

 ​ The ACT parenting program is hosted by the First Bilingual Seventh-day Adventist  Church located at 111 Howard Avenue, Middlesex NJ.  The program is open to the community for a registration fee of only $23 which can be paid at the first session at the door.  The program will be in both Spanish and English. There will be light refreshments and free childcare will be provided. The dates and times are as follows: Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5. 12, 19, 26, Nov, 9 (5pm - 7pm) ,  Nov. 16 (5pm to 8pm).

   The sessions will be facilitated by Barbara Ann Roberts, a recent graduate of Montclair State University with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology.  She has delivered this year's Convocation speech for the College of Humanities and Social Science to thousands of attendees. Miss Roberts graduated magna cum laude with honors.  She was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Educational Opportunity Fund program (EOF) Honor Society as well as the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. This fall Miss Roberts will continue her education at MSU John Cali School of Music to pursue a Master's degree in Music Therapy while continuing to serve and advocate for the youth community. 

 

Who will benefit from attending the “ACT Raising Safe Kids “ parenting program?

  • Birth Parents

  • Foster Parents

  • Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles

  • Guardians

  • Teachers & Counselors

  • Boy and Girl Scout Leaders

  • Youth  Leaders

  • Day Care Staff

If you have any questions concerning this program you can contact Tracey Amadi, the ACT Liaison and Community Service Director of First Bilingual  Church at amaditracey@gmail.com.