Department of Family Services – Children, Youth 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

Parenting Education Programs (PEP)

The Department of Family Services offers free services to help families develop important skills to grow healthy relationships with their children.


Parenting Education Classes

These free 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.

About Virtual and In-Person Classes

About 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.

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.

About 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.

Participants' 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).”

ARC Reflections Classes

ARC Reflections provides caregivers with tools to help children and teens learn to regulate themselves, feel connected, and build strengths.

These classes are offered in English and Spanish.

9-10 sessions

Classes

3/28/23-5/30/23 Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.
This class will be held virtuallly
Mary Elizabeth Fleming 703-324-7870

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

African American Culturally-Focused Parenting Classes Offered in English

African American Culturally-Focused Parenting Classes Offered in English

father and mother holding baby - all smilingThe 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

TBD

Interested and ready to participate in an African American Parenting 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

mother holding up infant childParents 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.

16 sessions

Classes

8/8/22-11/28/22 Mondays 5:30-8 p.m. (Spanish)
ACCA Child Development Ctr.
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Raiza Barraza 703-324-7745
Sammy Zeballos 703-324-3532

9/12/22-12/19/22 Mondays 5:30-8 p.m.
Fairfax Church of Christ
3901 Rugby Road
Fairfax, VA 22033
Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734.

Interested and ready to participate in a class for parenting children ages 0-4? 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

mother sitting with child smilingParents 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.

13-16 sessions (depending on the curriculum used)

Classes

7/12/22-10/25/22 Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. (Spanish)
This class will be held virtually.
Agustina Bravo 703-324-7196

8/3/22-11/16/22 Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. 
This class will be held virtually.
Marcus Garr 703-324-7737

9/7/22-12/14/22 Wednesdays 5:30-8 p.m. (Spanish)
Messiah United Methodist Church
6215 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA 22152
Agustina Bravo 703-324-7196
Alba Quinones 703-324-7310

9/12/22-12/21/22 Mondays 5:30-8 p.m. 
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church
2001 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22309
Marcus Garr 703-324-7737

1/24/23-5/9/23 Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.
This class will be held virtually.
Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734

2/6/23-5/22/23 Mondays 6-8 p.m. (Spanish)
This class will be held virtually.
Alba Quinones 703-324-7310

Interested and ready to participate in a class for parenting children ages 5-11? 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

father and son being silly with soccer ballFamily 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

9/26/22 – 12/12/22 Mondays 6-8 p.m. (Spanish)
This class will be held virtually
Alba Quinones 703-324-7310

9/27/22 –12/20/22 Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.
This class will be held virtually
Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734
Mary Elizabeth Fleming 703-324-7870

Interested and ready to participate in a class for parenting children ages 12-18? Contact Parenting Education by email, phone at 703-324-7720 or contact the name listed in the class information.

Video - Overview of Parenting Education Classes 

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Parent Support Line – We Are Here to Support You

two parents and two young children playing with toy carsParent Support Line 703-324-7720

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

The Parent Support Line is a great resource for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-18 years old. Staff can help with parenting advice, support, and tips to help navigate emotional and relational parenting issues. Language support is available. Our support team is available to answer your questions.

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Parent Cafés – A Community of Support for Parents

Join a community of support among other parents handling similar situations related to raising children. Parent Cafés are virtual and free and meet monthly during the school year. They're a great way for parents or guardians of children 0-18 years old to learn from each other as they grow in their parenting skills. The next Parent Café will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. to discuss parenting styles. Sign up for any Virtual Parent Café by sending an email or calling 703-324-7720 at least one business day before the Parent Café date listed. We look forward to you joining us!

Virtual Parent Cafe Adult and Child Gaming

 

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Kinship Cafés – Support and Encouragement for Caregivers

Are you raising a child for a family member or friend? If you answered “yes,” you are a kinship caregiver. We offer support to kinship families through free Virtual Kinship Cafés that help build a community network among kinship caregivers. Kinship Cafés typically meet the first Wednesday each month for general discussion, and the third Thursday of each month for a topic-based discussion.

The next Kinship Café will be held on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. featuring a general discussion. Join us by sending an email or calling 703-324-7720. 

Kinship Cafe

 

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Parenting 101 Video

Check out our video series Parenting 101. Parenting Education Programs' Natalie Bailey answers your most pressing frequently asked parenting questions about discipline, self-care, family routines and more!

Check back for new videos. Catch-up on all of the Parenting 101 videos.

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Parenting Tips and Resources

Access more parenting information articles, videos and more!


mother father holding toddler outsideDo you know how to speak your child’s love language?

Learning to express their love language can be positive for your relationship, bringing you closer to each other. The Parenting Education Programs staff suggests five ways to show your children how much they mean to you. Learn more about love languages.


Child's Feet in Red ShoesRoutines for Managing Your Mornings

Do you want your mornings to be more peaceful? Getting the day started smoothly all comes down to developing a tried and true morning routine. It helps everyone to know what is expected, and get their day started with less stress. Here are a few tips from Parenting Education Programs’ staff about how to have easier mornings. Learn more.


Pocket Dad video graphic logoRelevant and Helpful Topics for Fathers

Fathers, like mothers, play a significant role in their children’s psychological and emotional development. Positive father involvement contributes directly to children’s well-being, safety and stability.

Through each Pocket Dad video, our Father Engagement team members talk about relevant and helpful topics. Check out the current and past videos.


volunteer adults and kidsVolunteer with the Parenting Education Programs

Opportunities include:
Facilitating parenting sessions.
Providing a location for classes.
Preparing or serving a meal for participants.
Helping to promote the classes in the community.
Learn more about opportunities.

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