Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work


Monterey County has one of the highest records of child maltreatment that leads to life-long consequences. COVID-19 has significantly impacted the way parent education classes are being delivered. Without the proper parental education, child maltreatment increases. Parental stress has also greatly contributed. All the stress brought among parents also posed as a factor for increased violence and child abuse. Low levels of parental education results in poor parenting. Poor parenting greatly affects a child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. Community Human Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing a variety of issues. Among their different departments, under their mental health department, they offer parent education classes in order address child maltreatment in Monterey County. One of their programs is called Nurturing Parenting Program which is an evidence-based program designed for parents with children ages zero to twelve years old. One of their newest programs, Parent Connect Group, is based on attachment theory and designed for parents with teenagers ages thirteen to seventeen years old. Both programs teach positive parenting behaviors and the skills to manage factors that lead to child maltreatment.