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 for Volunteers

Volunteer with the Parenting Education Programs

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart." Elizabeth Andrew

Volunteers are needed to support the Parenting Education Programs - designed to educate parents on the fundamentals of parenting in a healthy and nurturing way.

The program is based on the philosophy that parenting is learned, and the way parents were raised directly influences the way they raise their children. Volunteer facilitators use a curriculum that offers caring, comprehensive classes to parents and their children to help them learn new ways to work together as a family.

 How Does It Work?

The parenting education classes are free to participants, and child care and dinner are provided. Community volunteers make this possible by providing support in many areas such as:

  • Co-facilitating a class.
  • Serving a meal.
  • Donating food for dinner.
  • Donating space to hold a parenting class.

Classes are offered for parents of children at a variety of ages and stages from 0 to 18, and courses are even offered for certain cultural groups.

Learn more about the parenting education classes.

How Can You Help?

Volunteer as a Facilitator

Volunteers are trained to co-facilitate classes for families, working with parents and children. Volunteers facilitators can participate in several groups but are asked to facilitate at least one per year. For more information, contact Tiffani Peguese by email or call 703-324-7072.

Volunteer to Prepare a Meal

Parenting Education Programs provides dinner during each parenting class and volunteers play an important role by donating meals to the program. There are many ways an individual or group can provide a meal for Parenting Education Programs:

  • Prepare a meal for 25-35 people.
  • Donate part of a meal (dessert or salad).
  • Assist with serving dinner.

Meals are generally served between 5-7 p.m., and classes take place during the week Monday-Thursday. Examples of dinner options include:

  • Spaghetti.
  • Hot dogs and Hamburgers.
  • Chili.
  • Tacos.
  • Sandwiches.

Parenting classes are conveniently held at locations throughout Fairfax County in Alexandria, Centerville, Springfield, Reston and central Fairfax. Contact our Partnership Coordinator Raiza Barraza at 703-324-7745 to be connected with a class that works with your schedule.


Learn more about the application process and criteria for becoming a volunteer with the Parenting Education Program. Apply to volunteer today!

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