The Washington County Community Partnership offers Parenting Classes free of charge. “In the Nest” is designed to build strong families based on their existing strengths using the Developmental Asset Model and the Five Protective Factors.
Parenting education is the key to raising successful children, creating competent, confident parents, and building strong families and communities. With love, limits, and lots of involvement, parents can have a major influence in developing happy, healthy, and well-behaved children.
Asset building doesn’t offer a neat set of tricks for more effective parenting. Rather, it offers some basic goals against which to make decisions to shape family life. There will still be ups and downs. There will still be challenges. But asset building can help parents be intentional about their choices, knowing what they can do to have a tremendously positive impact in shaping their children’s lives.
Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes.
Research shows that these protective factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.
Designed for ANY parent...
Younger, older, first-time, those who are required to take parenting classes or those who just want more ideas on how to have a positive impact on their children.
Free Parenting Classes
Advanced registration is required. Six sessions, 2 hours each.