Department of Family Services - Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Parenting Education Programs

If you are registered for (or interested in) an upcoming Parenting Education Class, please check the listing of available classes for more information (dates and times, reschedules, cancellations or other options) or directly contact staff at ParentingEducation@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-7720.

The Department of Family Services offers FREE parenting education classes, parent cafés, videos and articles.

Virtual Parent Cafés

Now offering a Virtual Parent Café on Mondays, 7:45-9:15 p.m. Connect with other parents to discuss parenting topics such as discipline, self-care, and family rules. Find a community of support among other parents handling similar situations during these stressful times. To sign up for our Monday evening Parent Café, please email or call us at 703-324-7720 at least one business day before the Parent Café. We look forward to you joining us!

Parenting Education Classes

The classes teach positive and effective ways parents can interact with their children at every age and stage of development. They help families to:

  • Understand what to expect from children at different developmental stages and ages (0-18 years).
  • Build strong, positive, respectful relationships between all family members.
  • Take charge of their own feelings and behaviors, and communicate in non-threatening ways.
  • Handle stress and anger better, and find alternatives for yelling and spanking.

Virtual Classes
The Parenting Education Programs is offering assistance from a distance with online parenting classes. If you are interested in registering for a virtual class, please check out the schedule below and email us with the age range you are interested in, 0-4 years, 5-11 years or 12-18 years, and a staff person will invite you to the next available online class. You can also contact us by phone by calling 703-324-7720.

In-Person Classes
Families enrolled in the in-person programs can relax knowing that each class includes child care and an evening meal for all participants. All family members have age appropriate instruction to help with building strong, positive, respectful relationships within the family.

Our classes meet the parent education guidelines developed by the Supreme Court of Virginia. If class requirements are completed, a certificate of completion is awarded during the last class.

Video - Free Parenting Education Classes

We are now enrolling for classes that begin in summer 2020. This video provides an overview of the Parenting Education Programs, and the schedule below gives details about each class offered.

 

Parenting Classes

Learn more about upcoming parenting classes for:

  • African-American Cultural Focus
  • 0-4 Age Range
  • 5-11 Age Range
  • 12-18 Age Range

African-American Parenting Classes Offered in English

African-American Parenting Classes Offered in English

The core curriculum is the same as the basic Parenting Education Programs but it also emphasizes how African-American history has affected the parenting style for African-Americans. This curriculum delves into African-American history, culture, and traditions.

These African-American culturally-focused classes are offered in English.

12-13 sessions (depending on the curriculum used)

Classes

6/3/20-8/26/20 Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.
5-11 Age Range
This class will be offered virtually.
Natalie Bailey 703-324-3617; Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734


Interested and ready to participate in a class? Contact Parenting Education by email, phone at 703-324-7720 or contact the name listed in the class information.

0-4 Age Range Parenting Classes Offered in English and Spanish

0-4 Age Range Parenting Classes Offered in English and Spanish

Parents learn to recognize and understand feelings; nurturing parenting routines; infant massage; child development; and ways to foster positive self esteem in themselves and their children. Uses the Active Parenting Curriculum.

These classes are offered in English and Spanish.

14 sessions

Classes

8/3/20-11/23/20 Mondays 5:30-8:00 p.m. (Spanish)
ACCA Child Development Center, 4175 Daniels Ave., Annandale, VA 22003
Raiza Barraza 703-324-7745

10/15/20-2/11/21 Thursdays 5:30-8 p.m.
Location Pending
Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734

Interested and ready to participate in a class? Contact Parenting Education by email, phone at 703-324-7720 or contact the name listed in the class information.

5-11 Age Range Parenting Classes Offered in English and Spanish

5-11 Age Range Parenting Classes Offered in English and Spanish

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. Uses the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. View the schedule of classes.

These classes are offered in English and Spanish.

13 sessions

Classes

6/3/20-8/26/20 Wednesdays 6-8:30 p.m.
This class will be offered virtually.
Natalie Bailey 703-324-3617; Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734

6/9/20-8/25/20 Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. (Spanish)
This class will be offered virtually.
Mario Prada 703-324-7405; Alba Quinones 703-324-7310

6/16/20-9/29/20 Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.
This class will be offered virtually.
Natalie Bailey 703-324-3617

9/14/20-12/21/20 Mondays 6-8 p.m.
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA 22309
Marcus Garr 703-324-7737; Alba Quinones 703-324-7310

9/14/20- 12/21/20 Mondays 6-8 p.m.
Fairfax Church of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax, VA 22033
Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734; Debi Hackney 703-324-7790

9/19/20-12/16/20 Wednesdays 5:30-8 p.m. (Spanish)
Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152
Mario Prada 703-324-7405; Alba Quinones 703-324-7310

Interested and ready to participate in a class? Contact Parenting Education by email, phone at 703-324-7720 or contact the name listed in the class information.

12-18 Age Range Parenting Classes Offered in English and Spanish

12-18 Age Range Parenting Classes Offered in English and Spanish

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. Uses the Active Parenting Curriculum for Spanish classes. Uses the Nurturing Parent Curriculum for English classes. View the schedule of classes.

These classes are offered in English and Spanish.

12 sessions

Classes

6/15/20-8/17/20 Mondays 6-8 p.m.
This class will be offered virtually.
Marcus Garr 703-324-7737; Debi Hackney 703-324-7790

6/24/20-9/9/20 Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. (Spanish)
This class will be offered virtually.
Alba Quinones 703-324-7310; Mario Prada 703-324-7405

Interested and ready to participate in a class? Contact Parenting Education by email, phone at 703-324-7720 or contact the name listed in the class information.

Parenting 101 Videos

Check out our new video series Parenting 101 for the answers to your most pressing parenting questions!

Meet Natalie Bailey of the Department of Family Services’ Parenting Education Programs. She'll be answering frequently asked questions (FAQs) from parents on topics like discipline, self-care, family routines and more.

Parenting 101: Discipline FAQ

 

Testimonials

“The program surpassed expectations, and I applied several methods and techniques that directly and positively impacted my relationships with my children and our overall home environment.”

“Great class and awesome facilitators. (The class) has helped my son and his behaviors have noticeably improved as a result of implementing the things we learned here into our lives.”

“This class was great! Everything that I learned and put into practice has worked. I have a better system with rules and consequences at home. All the techniques (negation, privileges, compliments) have helped me to have a better understanding and relationship with my kids. The classes have also helped my kids open up to me and understand our new routine of parenting with love.”

“I’m a new mom and I feel I’m doing a great job because of them (PEP).”

Fairfax Virtual Assistant