Together We Can - Facilitator Training & Resources

Together We CanTogether We Can: Creating a Healthy Future for our Family is a curriculum to help moms and dads learn how to listen better, resolve conflict, and get more involved in their child’s life. Training to implement the curriculum with families is available. You’ll receive program materials and six hours of instruction from an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life specialist.

County extension educators, family agency service providers, faith-based leaders, and staff of teen parenting programs may be interested in implementing this program with families they serve.

Small group discussions, hands-on activities, mini lectures, and case studies are some of the activities used to help parents learn and apply concepts taught in Together We Can.

Together We Can is an evidence-informed education program that uses evidence-based practices. The program evolved from three curricula developed by Francesca Adler-Baeder (Auburn University) and Karen Shirer (University of Minnesota). It is based on research from the Fragile Family and Child Well Being study. Eight lessons were selected for use in Iowa out of 24 in the original program.

In 2011, 33.8 percent of the 38,204 births in Iowa were to single parents. Of those:

  • 18.7% (2,415) were to teens 15-19 years old
  •  41.9% (5,412) were to women 20-24 years old

You can help to create a healthy future for families. Consider bringing Together We Can to your community to help single parents build knowledge and skills necessary to form and sustain healthy families and co-parenting relationships. Contact the Family Life specialist in your area for more information.


Facilitator Resources

Mailing List
After completing training, new facilitators can sign up for the Together We Can mailing list to receive program updates. Questions about the mailing list can be directed to Susan Taylor.
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