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Family Foundations

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A universal prevention program to improve mother, child, and birth outcomes through promoting coparenting quality among couples who are expecting their first child.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

The cost of an on-site training workshop is $3,000, plus travel and lodging expenses for the trainer(s). Open-enrollment workshops for multiple sites are $375.00 per person for the full training. The training workshops are 2 1/2 days in length -- 1.5 days for overview and prenatal content, and one day for review and postnatal content. An on-site training is accompanied by one hour of post-training technical assistance on a complimentary basis, with additional technical assistance available.

Local supervisor(s) should also be trained, and then observe trainee facilitator sessions and provide supervision support to enhance fidelity and group-leading quality.

Curriculum and Materials




Other Start-Up Costs

DVD/laptop and projector, if not already available.
Videotaped review of new trainee practice session, $100 (optional).
Inexpensive dinner for participants if desired; babysitting for postnatal classes if desired.

Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

$30/couple for workbooks.


Two co-facilitators (male and female) lead the sessions. Facilitators should have experience and comfort in working with families and in leading groups/classes. The training provides the key information for them to deliver the program effectively.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

No ongoing training is required. An optional videotape review of class is $100.

The first hour of technical assistance is free with the on-site training. Thereafter, $50-$100/hour by phone as needed.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

An observer at one to two classes per cohort, especially for new trainees, is optimal. Fidelity observation forms are provided for each session.

Ongoing License Fees


Other Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs


Year One Cost Example

This example assumes that a community-based organization would deliver the Family Foundations program on-site to 4 cohorts, each including 10 couples. Two co-facilitators (male and female) would be contracted to lead the sessions.

On-site training 2 1/2 days
Trainer travel expense
Facilitator manuals: 2 x $325
Parent workbooks: 10 couples x 4 cohorts x $30/workbook
Facilitator salaries: 2 facil x 2 hr x 8 sessn x 4 cohort x $25/hr

Total Year One Cost

The Year One expense for delivering the program to 40 couples would be $238.75 per couple. If space on-site is unavailable, an additional cost would be incurred to rent space for the parent group sessions. Other optional costs may include an inexpensive dinner and childcare.