Expectant or Parents of Newborns

Parenting Education Programs
Healthy Families Fairfax
Parent Encouragement Program (PEP)
The Naomi Project
Resource Mothers

Parenting Education Programs

This program offers parenting classes that include the entire family – parents and their children.

  • Classes range from 12-24 weeks, depending on the ages of children in the family
  • Available in English or Spanish for most curriculums
  • Classes with an African American cultural focus
  • Offered in a variety of community settings
  • Classes are free, and include:
    • A light evening meal
    • Child care for children under 5 years of age
    • A structured program for children 5 years of age and older
  • For more information:
    • General information, call 703-324-7691; TTY: 703-222-9452
    • About classes in English, call 703-324-7691; TTY: 703-222-9452
    • About classes with an African American cultural focus, call 703-324-3617; TTY: 703-222-9452
    • About classes in Spanish, call 703-324-7405; TTY: 703-222-9452
  • Check the Parenting Education page to read more about types of programs available and curriculum topics, or to download a form.

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Healthy Families Fairfax

Families who are referred to this program receive educational and supportive services to help promote child health development

  • Refer at-risk, pregnant or parents of newborns to Family Resource Service:
    703-246-8450; TTY: 711.
  • Mothers must be pregnant or the newborn baby must be younger than three months old
  • Families referred to the program voluntarily choose to participate
  • Services are provided until child reaches age 3
  • Read more about Healthy Families Fairfax
  • Call 703-246-8450; TTY: 711.
  • Services provided through a partnership between Department of Family Services, Health Department, Northern Virginia Family Service, United Community Ministries and Cornerstones.

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Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) in the Washington, D.C. Area


  • Provides parenting classes for parents of children ages 0-18.
  • 8-week classes offered in fall, winter and spring; 1-session class offered in summer, some shorter seminars
  • Class sites include McLean, Reston, Vienna, and Northern Virginia
  • Fees charged for programs; scholarships available
  • Classes based on positive parenting theories of Rudolph Dreikurs and Alfred Adler
  • Private,non-profit organization
  • For more information, call 301-929-8824

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The Naomi Project

Sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches, this program:

  • Matches pregnant women who have special needs with trained volunteers who help them until the baby is up to 3 years old.
  • Fosters positive parenting skills, provides child development information, and encourages consistent prenatal care.
  • For information call 703-860-2633.

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Resource Mothers


A statewide site for the Resource Mothers program that also has links to other resources. Organization matches pregnant teens (eighteen and younger, first time mothers) with trained, mature women who provide the teen with assistance and support throughout their pregnancy and up to the baby's first birthday (in the Alexandria program) or third birthday (in the Fairfax program).

  • Some local programs offer parenting education programs.
  • For general information on the Virginia Resource Mothers Program, call: 1-800-371-4106.
  • RSM program of Alexandria provides services for teens in Alexandria City only. The Alexandria program also offers a Resource Fathers program.
  • Fairfax County RSM provides services to teens throughout Fairfax County including: Alexandria, Annandale, Centreville, Chantilly, Falls Church, Fairfax, Herndon, Reston, Sprinfield, and Vienna.
  • Both programs offer parenting education, encouragement for teen mothers to remain in school, and help in enrolling in either of the two alternative schools available for teen moms.
  • Transportation is provided to all medical appointments.
  • For more information, contact the Northern Virginia Urban League Resource Mothers
    • In Alexandria: 703-836-7645 or Fax: 703-836-8948.
    • In Fairfax County: 703-246-8723 or Fax :703-273-0825.

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