The Parenting Education Program in Fairfax County


What is the Parenting Education Program and what is its philosophy?

The Department of Family Services Parenting Education Program offers caring, comprehensive classes to parents and their children to help them learn new ways to work together as a family. The program is based on the philosophy that parenting is learned – the way parents were raised directly influences the way they raise their children. The Parenting Education Program teaches positive and effective ways parents can interact with their children at every age and stage of development. The focus is on the family - where children learn the values and beliefs that shape their futures.

Who participates in the Parenting Education Program?

Families enroll in the program to make their families stronger and closer. This program helps participants understand nurturing behaviors and learn how nurturing behaviors can work within their family environment. Together the family learns to:

  • Build and develop the ability to recognize and value the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Handle uncomfortable feelings such as stress and anger.
  • Communicate in non-threatening ways.
  • Establish consistent, nurturing routines for fun family activities.
  • Use alternatives to physical punishment.
  • Take charge of their own feelings and behaviors, and interact with others in positive ways.

Who may participate in the program?

Families living in Fairfax County and City of Fairfax who want to build healthy interactions and create positive change within their family.

What is the cost?

Classes are FREE and include an evening meal and child care.

What are the requirements for participating?

  • Participants must agree to complete the program as a family.
  • Participants should be comfortable in a group learning environment.
  • Participants must commit to attend the first three sessions to allow the group learning process to develop.

How to Enroll?

  • Contact the number listed for the program of interest.
  • The staff person will provide details as to dates, times, location of the class.
  • An enrollment form will be emailed or mailed.
  • A appointment will be made for a phone screening to complete the enrollment process.

Participants of the Parenting Education Program have indicated that the classes:

  • Help build strong, positive relationships with family members.
  • Increase understanding and respect for the needs of family members.
  • Provide information about what to expect from children at different ages and developmental stages.
  • Increase the self-confidence of parents and children by focusing on strengths.
  • Offer alternatives to hitting, spanking and yelling.

In partnership with our community and with a commitment to quality service, the program promotes self-reliance in families and individuals by providing essential knowledge and resources tailored to the needs of the children, adolescents and adults.

Available classes:

Parents and Children (Newborn to 4 years old) Offered in English and Spanish. 24 sessions
Parents learn to recognize and understand feelings; nurturing parenting routines; infant massage; child development; and ways to foster positive selfesteem in themselves and their children. View the schedule of classes.

Parents and Children (5 to 11 years old) Offered in English and Spanish. 13 sessions
Parents and children learn to increase their empathy, discover new ways to encourage appropriate behaviors, build positive self-concept and self-esteem, and learn how to have fun as a family. View the schedule of classes.

Parents and Adolescents (12 to 18 years old) Offered in English. 12 sessions
Family members learn nurturing communication strategies, how to recognize each other’s needs, how to understand the developmental stages of adolescence, and ways to build their own personal power, self-concept and self-esteem. View the schedule of classes.

Parents and Children: Family Focused African-American – Focusing on Culture Offered in English. 12-24 sessions
The core program for this curriculum is the same as the basic Parenting Education Program but it also emphasizes how African-American history has affected the parenting style for African-Americans.

Read about Course Topics (PDF) in the various classes.


Here's how you can become involved with parent education as a volunteer or partnering organization.

For more information about this program, call or write:
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Children, Youth and Family Division
Child Abuse Prevention

12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035

English: 703-324-7691 • TTY:711
Spanish: 703-324-7405 • TTY: 711
African American Cultural Focus: 703-324-3617 • TTY: 711
Partnering and Community Involvement: 703-324-7745 • TTY 711
Volunteer Manager: 703-324-7871 • TTY 711

 

Newborn to 4 Age Range Parenting Classes

For more information or to enroll in a class, please contact the designated Parentig Education Program staff contact person.

Dates Day & Time Population Served Location Staff Contact Person
10/20/16 - 4/20/17 Thursday  5:30 - 8 pm 0-4 age range in English Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Fairfax Presbyterian Church
10723 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
Raiza Barraza
703-324-7745
1/23/17 - 6/26/17 Monday  5:30 - 8 pm 0-4 age range in Spanlish Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Main Street Development Center
4401 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Raiza Barraza
703-324-7745

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5 to 11 Age Range Parenting Classes  

For more information or to enroll in a class, please contact the designated Parentig Education Program staff contact person.

Dates Day & Time Population Served Location Staff Contact Person
9/19/16 - 12/19/16 Monday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in Spanish Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Columbia Baptist Church
3245 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
Alba Quinones
703-324-7310
9/19/16 - 12/19/16 Monday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in English Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church
2001 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22309
Janet Little
703-324-7501
Marcus Garr
703-324-7737
9/13/16 - 12/13/16 Tuesday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in English Nurturing Parenting Curriculum St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
14640 Soucy Place
Centreville, VA 20120
Debi Hackney
703-324-7790
9/21/16 - 12/14/16 Wednesday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in Spanish Nurturing Parenting Curriculum St. Mark's Episcopal Church
6744 S. King Highway
Alexandria VA 22306
Mario Prada
703-324-7405
Natalie Bailey
703-324-3617
10/3/2016 - 1/9/17 Monday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in English Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Fairfax Church of Christ
3901 Rugby Road
Fairfax, VA 22033
Lisa Payne-Chesley
703-324-7734
Debi Hackney
703-324-7790
10/6/16 - 1/19/17 Thursday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in English Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Grace Presbyterian Church
7434 Bath Street
Springfield, VA 22150
Janet Little
703-324-7501
1/23/17 - 5/1/17 Monday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in English Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Fairfax Church of Christ
3901 Rugby Road
Fairfax, VA 22033
Natalie Bailey
703-324-3617
Debi Hackney
703-324-7790
3/6/17 - 6/19/17 Monday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in Spanish Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Columbia Baptist Church
3245 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
Alba Quinones
703-324-7310
2/9/17 - 5/11/17 Thursday  5:30 - 8 pm 5-11 age range in English Nurturing Parenting Curriculum Grace Presbyterian Church
7434 Bath Street
Springfield, VA 22150
Janet Little
703-324-7501

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12 to 18 Age Range Parenting Classes

For more information or to enroll in a class, please contact the designated Parentig Education Program staff contact person.

Dates Day & Time Population Served Location Staff Contact Person
9/19/16 - 12/19/16 Monday  5:30 - 8 pm Adolescent Heritage Fellowship Church
2501 Fox Mill Road
Reston, VA 20191
Natalie Bailey
703-324-3671
9/20/16 - 12/13/16 Tuesday  5:30 - 8 pm Adolescent Spanish Nurturing Parenting Curriculum St. Mark's Lutheran Church
5800 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22150
Mario Prada
703-324-7405
Alba Quinones
703-324-7310

 




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