Parenting Fundamentals


The overall goal of the Parent Education Program is to promote positive parenting and reduce risks for child maltreatment through group-based skill training sessions, home visitation, referral/case management, and an on-going support group. The program serves around 400 parents annually. CIES is responsible for managing and directing all activities associated with meeting the goals and objectives of this project.

Services: CIES will promote, coordinate, and deliver training and technical assistance of Parenting Fundamentals to potential and new partners in Puerto Rico. Additionally CIES provides evaluation services for the implementation of PF in Chicago and Puerto Rico. Also CIES provides program development services to PF.

Consejo Multisectorial del Gobernador para la Niñez en Edad Temprana

2014- Present

Law 93 from 2008 created the Puerto Rico Multisectorial Governor’s Council for Early Childhood Development. This Council is task with setting jurisdiction wide policy for early childhood development.

Services: The CIES will serve as the Planning Consultant to design and facilitate the Comisión’s 2014-2016 strategic plan. The strategic plan will be based on the needs assessment data, prioritization process, and direction from the Comisión’s subcommittees. A diversity of technologies (VMOSA, LM, SWOT, Concept Mapping) will be use as a framework to organize the information.

Affordable Care ACT (ACA) Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

PR Department of Health Division of Maternal, Child, and Adolescents (PRMCH)


The PRMCH administers the ACA Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. This program is designed to: (1) strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V; (2) improve coordination of services for at risk communities; and (3) identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at risk communities. The program enables the PRMCH to utilize what is known about effective home visiting services to provide evidence-based programs to promote: improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development; increased school readiness; reductions in the incidence of child maltreatment; improved parenting related to child development outcomes; improved family socio-economic status; greater coordination of referrals to community resources and supports; and reductions in crime and domestic violence.

CIES collaborated with PRMCH on the Puerto Rico needs assessment, selection of target municipalities, evidence based model of implementation, evidence based curriculum, and implementation process. Salud Integral de la Montaña (SIM) was selected to implement on the municipalities of Barranquitas and Orocovis the Growing Great Kids (GGK) evidence based curriculum using the Healthy Families of America implementation model.

Services: Currently, CIES serves as external evaluator and expert consultant to PRMCH and SIM in the implementation and evaluation of the ACA Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for the municipalities of Barranquitas and Orocovis. The CIES’ staff work in collaboration with PRMCH’s and SIM’s staff to culturally adapt and implement the GGK curriculum. CIES will also design, implement and report on outcomes and quality improvement evaluation.