Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support
El Paso HOPES is a group of community organizations that have come together to make sure that young children in El Paso grow up in a safe and healthy environment. The program is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center is a community partner for the El Paso HOPES collaborative.
About El Paso Hopes
The most important years in a child’s development are birth to age five. Children are growing, learning, and developing each day. As parents, it is our role and responsibility to make sure that our kids have everything they need to be healthy, safe, and prepared for school and life.
El Paso HOPES can help families with young children create the best possible environment for them to grow and thrive. The services provided by El Paso HOPES have been proven to be high quality and effective:
- Parents as Teachers instruction in your home
- Parent Child Education program
- Instruction in neighborhood schools
- Incredible Years group parenting classes at many community locations
- Additional supportive services available for families as needed
With service locations spread out in all corners of the county, El Paso HOPES has programs located in your neighborhood.
For more information or to enroll a family, contact the HOPES Program Director at: (915) 562-7955 or visit at www.elpasohopes.org
Founded in 1987, The Incredible Years is a responsive and nurturing parenting program based on the development of children in order to help parents feel more confident in coping with behavior problems that occur all too frequently in young children.
The program guides parents to learn different methods and strategies based on based on gentle and loving guidance, through positive discipline, to foster positive social behaviors in children as well as enhanced self-esteem.
The Incredible Years parent training classes focus on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parents’ involvement with their children. Designed to work with parents of children 0-5 years of age in a series of developmentally appropriate classes, the long term goal of this early prevention program is to reduce violence, drug abuse and delinquency in later years. Short term, the goals of the Incredible Years series are to strengthen children’s social skills and appropriate play skills, boost academic success, reading, and school readiness, reduce defiance, aggressive behavior, and decrease children’s negative cognitive attributions.
Topics covered in the classes:
- How to play with your child
- Positive attention, encouragement, and praise
- Tangible rewards and incentives
- Setting limits
- Using time-outs to calm down
- Using natural and logical consequences
- How to effectively use the ignore method
- Working with teachers to prevent problems
Through the Incredible Years classes, parents will:
- learn how to set limits and follow through with those limits
- learn to teach children how to problem solve
- build a closer bond to their children
- help children learn how to self-regulate
- teach children friendship skills and ways to cope with peer problems
The Incredible Years classes under El Paso HOPES is a collaboration of 5 different agencies. In addition to parenting classes, families will have access to case management, and home visitation at no cost.
The Incredible Years classes are also taught in Spanish. Parenting Classes are at no cost and childcare is provided.
Qualifying for the Incredible Years program
Your child must be between the ages of 0-5 and living in El Paso County. There can be no CPS (Child Protective Services) case open, and you must be willing to participate in classes and home visitation. Expecting mothers with no children are also eligible for the classes.
Where are we located?
The incredible Years classes are taught in different locations around town including the East, West, Northeast, and Central parts of El Paso, Texas.