Selecting or modifying a curriculum is foundational to integration. Healthy marriage and relationship education curricula typically include skill-building lessons on conflict resolution, communication, financial literacy, family safety, and parenting. Choose a complete curriculum or incorporate modules related to the specific skills most needed by your clients.
Things to Consider in Selecting a Curriculum
- Is it evidence-based? This means that it has been evaluated and found to be effective when delivered in a certain way to a specific target audience. It may not have the same effect with a different audience or delivered in a different way.
- Is it research-based? This means that it was based on research but has not been evaluated for effectiveness.
- What is the literacy level of the material? You want material that your clients can easily understand. This is an especially important consideration for low-literacy clients.
Marriage Education Curriculum Assessment Guide (PDF, 86 KB)
Free and Low-Cost Curricula
There are many healthy marriage and relationship education curricula on the market for purchase. There are also a number of curricula (usually developed under Federal funding) available to you for free.
- Guide to Free and Low-Cost, Research-Based Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Curricula for Safety-Net Service Providers
- A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources for Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting, and Financial Education (PDF, 315 KB)
- Financial Education Curriculum Matrix (PDF, 1 MB)
Resource Center Curricula
The Resource Center developed a research-based Strong Relationships, Strong Families curriculum to teach safety-net service providers and other stakeholders about the importance of healthy marriage and relationship skills to individual and family well-being and economic stability. Module 1 gives an overview of core healthy relationship skills and different ways to integrate healthy marriage skills or education into service delivery. Module 2 provides more in-depth coverage of relationship skills and principles. It also equips stakeholders to educate the families they serve about these skills.
Download the full curriculum below or take the online courses through our Virtual Training Center:
- Module 1: Introduction to Healthy Relationship Education Skills of Stakeholders (PDF, 2 MB)
- Module 2: Integrating Healthy Relationship Skills into Social Services (PDF, 9 MB)