Welcome! You’ve found the right place if you are interested in learning how to strengthen your family relationships. The UVU Stronger Families Project is an educational, family-based program one night a week for 8 weeks. Using an evidence-based, nationally-recognized curriculum, we teach both parents and children how to improve their interaction and emotional patterns within the family. This program is completely free to families. In both family and individual classes, participants will learn about and discuss strategies to implement the following topics:  

  • Family Values
  • Family Rules
  • Problem solving
  • Communication Skills
  • Family meetings
  • Rituals and Routines
  • One-on-one time
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Community and Family support systems

Research on our program demonstrates improved parenting skills and family relationships, a reduction in problem behaviors, and improved social competencies and school performance. Under the leadership of UVU Family Science faculty, UVU student interns implement the program in multiple locations across Utah County.

Stronger Families Services


The Stronger Families Project offers "Survival Skills for Healthy Families," a research-based family life education course specially designed to meet the relational needs of parents and their children in our community. Classes are taught at various locations across Utah County completely free of charge by student interns and staff from Utah Valley University. Participants in SFP meet one evening per week over the length of the 8-week course. SFP provides the tools necessary to help families reach their optimal potential.Parents stand in a circle looking at each other and smiling.


The Stronger Families Project provides each family with a free workbook to take notes and follow instruction during class. It correlates to the curriculum taught in the program. The workbook includes handouts that generate additional at-home weekly discussion and application worksheets to do with family members. These are intended for families to continue exercising fundamental skills for happy, healthy relationships. 


A father and two children look at the family workbook with their coach



In addition to general parenting strategies taught in family life education classes, interns will personalize content to each family’s needs through individual coaching. Parents will receive a weekly phone call and email. Ongoing points of contact help families accomplish their program goals. These vital services are another way the Project is helping participants develop healthy family functioning skills and build stronger relationships.


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Frequently Asked Questions


How many classes does our family have to attend to graduate from the program?

There are 8 classes total. To graduate, you need to attend 7 of the 8 classes.

Do you always hold classes on the same nights each semester?

No. Because this is a fully intern-led program, our staffing changes each semester and dictates the class schedule. Our class schedule is published near the start of each UVU semester, August for Fall or January for Spring. Thanks for your patience!

What kind of schedule will there be each week?

For the whole family program, the evening begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.  Families start in individual 1-hour classes, based on age/situation: parent, teen, children, and toddler-preschool classes. All will be learning the same material, but on a developmentally appropriate level, and how their role can support the family. The final 25 minutes will be a large-group “Family Class” class, with all family members together.

In the parent-only or virtual site, the evening also begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and goes through 8 o'clock. The class is full of interactive activities and discussions, so be ready to engage!

Are there babysitters for my baby?

Babes in arms are to stay with their parents. We have a Toddler/Preschool class for children 18 months to about 5 years old with trained teachers during the whole family site.

We are concerned one of our children is going to have a hard time in their class. Can we keep them with their siblings?

Each class is taught with developmentally appropriate curriculum specific to your child’s learning potential and interests. We try very hard to also teach socialization skills where children of same age would be grouped together. Even if it’s difficult at first for a child to attend class without a sibling, we have found that with patience and persistence, children adapt and learn best in the class suited for their age and needs.

Do we need to agree to the mid-weekly phone calls? What is their purpose?

Yes. The mid-weekly phone call is an additional resource we offer the families attending SFP. This allows us to personalize the content of the program to each family’s needs and help you get the most out of your SFP experience. Meeting accommodations (such as specifying a designated time for the mid-weekly phone call) can be made if this is the concern.

The purpose of the mid-weekly phone call is to follow up on homework and the goals you set on the "Getting to Know You" sheet that you filled out with your liaison during your first week of classes. Family Liaisons conduct the mid-weekly phone calls.

You will also receive a weekly email summary of what was taught that week in class to remind you of important points and homework assignments. These ongoing points of contact is another way SFP helps you achieve your goals and move toward healthy family functioning.

Is there homework?

Yes! The homework is designed to help your family apply principles learned in classes and work together better for a stronger, happier family. Homework for a given week includes having one-on-one time with each child and completing a workbook activity that pertains specifically to the lesson.

Can we participate if we are single/separated/divorced?

Of course! The Stronger Families Project is for all families, no matter the family situation. Everyone has unique experiences, and we value the insight you can bring to our classes through your personal lens.

What if we have a child with special needs?

We will take that into consideration as we take applications for our program. Please share information about your child’s needs at registration. We want you and your child to be comfortable and successful. If we frequently pull you out of the parent class to attend to your child, you’ll miss out and will be disruptive for the learners. For high-needs children, we may refer you to another program since we do not have trained and available teachers for one-one-one attention throughout the evening.

Can we be included even if we are empty nesters or childless?

Yes! The Stronger Families Project is for all families, no matter the family situation. We value the insight you can bring to our classes with your life experiences and desire to contribute and learn.

Can my family attend other sessions held at other sites if we need to  miss the program of our registered site?

Yes, but only once during the program. If you need to switch to another site permanently, that is the preferable route.

How will I know if the SFP program is working for my family?

We know this program works. The lessons are based on research and evidence. They are tried and true. The families that see the most change from the SFP program are those that try to do one small thing each week to be better. If you put into place the commitment and follow through, it will yield great changes in your life.

This is no guarantee, however. Everyone has agency. Don’t be discouraged. If you feel like the program isn’t working for your family, please let us know. We can help connect you with any resources you may need.

Who will be teaching the classes?

University student interns majoring in Family Science, mainly from Utah Valley University, teach classes teach classes using an evidence-based, nationally-recognized curriculum that promotes proven principles that strengthen, support, and empower families. Student interns receive extensive academic training and have become certified to teach the curriculum and are supervised by UVU faculty.

An intern in a green shirt speaks to a group of adults

An intern in a green shirt speaks to children while one laughs

An intern in a green shirt holds a balloon and smiles at children near her