The Children First Parenting Education Curriculum


Children First pioneered the first curriculum for divorcing parents in the country.  It began licensing providers by court district to use the curriculum video and Moderator’s Guide in 1988.  The video was revised and added to in 1998. There was a DVD version of the video produced in 2004.  A four-hour curriculum with two accompanying DVD’s were released in July 2006 (with Spanish subtitle option). The curriculums can only be used by a Children First licensed service provider.  An updated curriculum was released January 2011 in a printed version and also in an Internet class located on the web site.  View a six-minute description of the new curriculum. A copy of the license can be found on the “About Us” page, or call 618-235-6192 for information. Licenses were revised in July 2006 in Illinois and January 2007 in other states, and are licensed by counties serviced.

St. Clair County and Madison County, Illinois

Classes for the four-hour Children First Program in St. Clair and Madison counties are conducted by the Children First Foundation.  They may be scheduled by calling  Sara (9 a.m.-noon.) at 618-236-2099 in St. Clair County, or Bev (9 a.m.-noon) at 618-251-6214 in Madison County.  Classes are held:  (St. Clair) Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8 pm and the second Friday of each month from 9am to 1pm at the Children First Foundation Administrative Office, located at 1909 Dublin Blvd, Suite B, Belleville, IL  62221 (effective 1/23/17); and (Madison) Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8 pm and the first Friday of each month from 9am to 1pm at the Kids’ Corner, 101 E. Edwardsville Road, Wood River, IL 62095. A certificate is presented at the completion of the four hour curriculum to each participant.  Parents may not take the classes together.

Parenting Education Local Class Brochure

Looking for a class to attend in your area?  Download our list of licensed providers.

Looking to become a provider? Download our CFF License Agreement.

Parenting Education Internet Class

The Children First Foundation, Inc. Parenting Education Internet Class  has been created specifically for those parents that are unable to attend live classroom instruction, and have been granted specific permission from the court to complete the online version instead.

At registration you will create your own login and password (once your credit card is accepted).  You can return to the site to take the class in segments if you keep the login/password.

Go to to access the class.

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