Welcome to Great Kids, Inc.

Great Kids, Inc. (GKI), a not for profit 501 c-3, is dedicated to developing exceptional early childhood and home based programs for families with children 0-5 years. As an international leader, we have over 3 decades of experience in results-driven program implementation and management, program planning and evidence based curricula development and training tailored to meet program needs.

GKI's vision is to protect children and their childhoods, while giving every parent the opportunity to feel confident and competent. We aim to have every child feel safe and secure, loved and valued, curious and capable. GKI's mission is to partner with parents to reduce their stress and grow the essential parenting and life skills that will empower them to provide their children with a safe, loving home, and the inner strengths to reach their highest developmental potential. We accomplish our vision by developing and delivering training, curricula and other tools focused on building the competencies of parents and the professionals who work in programs, sharing our vision, who serve parents and their pre-birth to age five children. GKI is a nonprofit organization specializing in the development of parenting intervention curricula, professional development for practitioners, and program consultation.

GKI has long recognized that successfully raising competent, compassionate children with the skills to solve tomorrow's problems depends on early parent-child relationships and the right kind of stimulating environment during a child's first years of life. By supporting program staff in using our GKI evidence based approach and materials, families receive the very best support available. For HOME VISITING and CENTER BASED PROGRAMS, we provide training, consultation, technical assistance and curricula.

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Programs using GKI

Since 1996, over 26,000 staff from home visiting, preschool and residential care programs have been trained to use the Great Kids, Inc. approach and materials. These staff have served an estimated three million families from 40 States, 8 Canadian Provinces, 3 Canadian Territories, 4 US Territories and communities across the Philippine Islands, Ukraine and Japan.

The GKI approach and Growing Great Kids Curriculum have yielded outstanding program results across many different types of programs.

GGK Curriculum... Protective Factors Training

The US Administration for Children and Youth (Child Welfare Information Gateway) defines "Protective Factors" as the conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. These attributes serve as buffers, helping parents to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress.

Research has shown that the following protective factors, are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect: Nurturing and attachment, Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, Parental resilience, Social connections, Concrete supports for parents.

GKI seminars and the Growing Great Kids Curriculum include practical strategies for strengthening these protective factors for highly stressed families.

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Evidence Based Research

As evidenced by seven independent evaluations, the GGK Curriculum produces outstanding results for programs that adhere to the Great Kids Critical Program Elements.

Protective Factors
GGK Constructs

The research informed constructs embedded in the Protective Factors Framework were foundational in the development of the Growing Great Kids Curriculum.

What Staff and Parents are Saying

“The training is so hands on. Bringing parents and children into the training to practice with gave me the confidence to use the curriculum right away. ”

GK Professional Development Academy

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