TripleP: Triple P Overview

Triple P Overview



Triple P is a comprehensive, evidence-based parenting and family support system designed to:

  • Increase parents’ confidence and competence in raising children
  • Improve the quality of parent-child relationships
  • De-stigmatize parenting information and family support
  • Make evidence-based parenting information and interventions widely accessible to parents


The Triple P system is based on five core principles of positive parenting:

  1. Ensuring a safe, supervised and engaging environment
  2. Creating a positive learning environment that helps children learn to solve problems
  3. Using consistent, predictable and assertive discipline to help children learn to accept     responsibility for their behavior and become aware of the needs of others
  4. Having realistic expectations, assumptions, and beliefs about children’s behavior
  5. Taking care of oneself as a parent so that it is easier to be patient, consistent and available to children

These principles are reflected in the 17 parenting strategies (skills) that are taught to parents.


Strategies for Promoting Children’s Development

Recommended Age

Developing Positive Relationships

Spending quality time with children

Spend frequent, brief amounts of time in activities that the child is interested in

All ages

Talking to children All ages

Have conversations with children about their activities or interests

All ages

Showing affection All ages

Provide physical affection (e.g. hugging, cuddling, tickling, etc.)

All ages

Encouraging Desirable Behavior

Using descriptive praise


Provide encouragement by describing the behavior or action that is appreciated.

All ages

Giving attention

Provide positive non-verbal attention (e.g. smile, wink, pat on the back, etc.)

All ages

Providing engaging activities

Provide interesting, engaging and age-appropriate activities and materials


Teaching New Skills & Behaviors

Setting a good example


Model (demonstrate) the behaviors that you want children to learn

All ages

Using incidental teaching


Use questions and prompts to respond to child-initiated interactions and promote learning

All ages

Using Ask, Say, Do


Use verbal and physical prompts to teach new skills

All ages

Using Behavior Charts


Use a chart to set goals and reinforce skill development

All ages



Parents are taught Strategies for Promoting Children’s Development before learning any of the following Strategies for Managing Misbehavior, and they are always given the opportunity to select which strategies they would like to try at home. The Triple P curriculum emphasizes that Strategies for Promoting Children’s Development help build a positive parent-child relationship, which is necessary in order for any of the Strategies for Managing Misbehavior to be effective.


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Strategies for Promoting Children’s Self-control


Recommended Age

Managing Misbehavior (Challenging Behaviors)

Ground rules

Establish fair, specific and enforceable rules

3-12 years

Directed discussion

Identify and rehearse the appropriate behavior

3-12 years

Planned Ignoring

Intentionally ignore a problem behavior instead of reacting or giving negative attention to the child

1-7 years

Clear, Calm instructions

Give a clear instruction to start a new task, or to stop a problem behavior and start the appropriate alternative behavior

2-12 years

Logical consequences

Remove the activity or privilege at the center of a problem for a brief, set amount of time; Return the activity or privilege so the child can try again

2-12 years

Quiet time

When a problematic or serious behavior occurs and the above strategies have not worked, move the child to the edge of the activity for a brief, set amount of time; return child to activity when s/he is calm so s/he can try again.

18 months-10 years

Time out

When the problematic or serious behavior continues and the above strategies haven’t worked, move child to an area away from others for a brief, set amount of time; Return child to activity when s/he is calm so s/he can try again.

2-10 years



The Triple P system consists of five levels of interventions of increasing strength. Many of the

levels of interventions can be provided to individual families or to groups of families. The

availability of the multiple levels and the flexibility in service delivery method enables parents

to receive the intensity and format of services that will best meet their needs.




Level 1--Universal

Media –based parenting information campaign

Level 2--Selected

Information and tips for specific parenting concerns provided in 1-2 brief sessions or in large-group seminars

Level 3--Primary Care

Brief consultations about specific parenting concerns provided in 3-4 sessions

Level 4--Standard or Group

In-depth training in positive parenting skills, offered as 10 week sessions to individual families (Standard) or 8-week groups (Group)

Level 5--Enhanced

Additional support for families where parenting issues are compounded by parental stress and/or relationship difficulties

Level 5--Pathways

Additional support for families at risk for child maltreatment due to anger management and/or negative attributions about their children’s behaviors



Many published studies demonstrate the effectiveness of Triple P. Most recently, the Centers

for Disease Control funded a population study in South Carolina. Results from this study

showed that in the counties where Triple P was implemented, there was a decrease in the rates

of substantiated child abuse reports, out-of-home placements and emergency room visits for

childhood injuries.


In addition, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare identified Triple P as

one of only three parenting programs with a scientific rating of 1 (Well Supported by Research



TRIPLE  P IN Connecticut

Triple P CT is a program of the Division of Family Services at the Office of Early Childhood, with funding and support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.  As of June 2014, over 100 practitioners in Hartford and 35 practitioners in 5 towns in Eastern CT-- Pomfret, Putnam, Killingly, Woodstock and Thompson-- are able to provide Levels 3 and 4 of Triple P.   Practitioners work in various settings including community organizations, public schools, libraries, family resource centers, homes, hospitals, preschools, guidance offices, and faith-based settings.




Contact: Alice Ellovich at OEC--Alice. or 860-713-5711

               Diane Farquharson at TEEG—Diane or 860-923-3458


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