Parenting Education and Support
Arizona American Mother’s Association
An interfaith, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the moral and spiritual foundation of the family and the home.
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® in Arizona
Family Strategies & Coaching
2152 S Vinyard Rd #114, Mesa
602-492-5055 • parentarizona.com
Licensed mental health therapist Shiloh Lundahl, LMSW, offers parenting classes utilizing the Love and Logic® curricula. Classes, which include “Early Childhood Parenting Make Fun!” and “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent of Teens” help parents gain the skills and tools they need to feel confident and happy in their relationships with their children. The website includes a “tips” section with ideas for specific parenting challenges.
Benevilla’s Family Resource Center
16752 N Greasewood St, Surprise
623-584-4999 • benevilla.org
Provides free parenting classes, support groups, referral to community agencies and a lending library for families with children from birth to age 5. Free child care is provided during classes and support groups. The center is funded by a grant from First Things First.
Child Crisis Center
817 N Country Club Dr, Mesa
Free classes for parents of children ages 1 to 18; also offers classes in life skills and dealing with transition.
Children’s Developmental Center
602-468-3430 • swhd.org
Southwest Human Development has opened the state’s first comprehensive facility serving Arizona children ages birth to 5 with disabilities and behavioral challenges. At the Children’s Developmental Center, parents work with a team of pediatric professionals for expert assessments and individualized treatment plans. Services include: comprehensive developmental assessments; a feeding program for infants and young children; autism services; occupational, physical and speech therapy; psychology and counseling services and assistive technology services.
201 S Washington St, Chandler
480-821-4207 • icanaz.org
Provides free, comprehensive out-of-school time programs that empower youth ages 5 to 18 to be productive, self-confident and responsible citizens. Offers after-school and summer/intersession programs that foster positive attitudes while discouraging destructive behavior. Open to youth from Chandler and other areas of the Valley. All program services and activities are free of charge, including transportation to and from site and healthy snacks for all program participants.
Mesa Parent University
Locations at various Mesa public schools
Free classes in guidance and behavior, health and academics and growth and development.
Moms Version 4.0
Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center
Brady Conference Center
9003 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale
480-882-4636 • shc.org
A free support group for new mothers over age 40. Moms only (no children). Meets 6-7:30pm the first Wednesday of each month. Speakers address topics ranging from postpartum depression and lifestyle changes to time management and juggling career and family.
Mothers & More, East Valley Chapter
866-467-0562 • mothersandmoreev.webs.com
A non-profit organization committed to creating a place for mothers to feel a part of a larger community of women who are experiencing the challenges that all mothers face, not only in raising children but also in fulfilling their sense of self and understanding society’s often mistaken assumptions about them. The organization addresses mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society and promotes the value of all the work mothers do. The East Valley Chapter of Mothers & More serves the Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe and Mesa areas.
Serving families in Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek
480-304-9440 • mychildsready.org
Designed to prepare children for long-term success in school, this program caters to expecting families and those with children in the zero to 5 age range. Offers free in-home support to any family meeting the enrollment criteria, parent-group meetings, developmental screenings and family-specific resources. MyChild’sReady is able to guide parents with interaction and discipline techniques, stress management methods and age-specific development information. The program is based on parents influencing their children as the first and most important teachers in their lives. Created in 2009 by Child Crisis Center, a grantee of the First Things First program.
New Directions Institute
2833 N Third St, Phoenix
602-371-1366 • newdirectionsinstitute.org
The Bright Choices parenting education program that combines a curriculum and workshops with community resources, by reaching out to parents through a variety of venues, including hospitals, libraries, schools, community centers and faith-based organizations. Offers parenting classes, Brain Time classes, Wired for Success workshops, KinderPrep classes and more. An evidence-based “Nurturing Parent” program emphasizes learning through discussion and sharing. A “S.T.E.P.S. Plus” course utilizes the NDI’s traditional S.T.E.P.S. cirriculum (Security, Touch, Eyes, Play, Sound) with additional emphasis on gender, discipline, music and executive function (impulse control).
North Central Parenting Group
A non-profit, non-denominational organization providing classes led by local child development experts to parents of infants to preschool-age children.
A statewide, nonprofit organization that provides free classes and support groups for parents of children ages 0 to 18. Instructors are certified to teach classes on numerous topics related to nurturing parenting, including discipline, parent child bonding, managing stress and anger and meeting emotional needs. One-time workshops, parent-child interactive sessions and weekly parenting classes are available. Parenting Arizona also offers in-home visitation and one-on-one interaction with a family support specialist for families with children age 5 and under. Activities and strategies promote healthy development, positive parenting skills and productive parent/child interaction.
Parents as Teachers
A free, educational home-visiting program for pregnant women and families with children ages 0 to 5 years of age. Provides health and developmental screenings for children; invitations to parent group meetings (with free child care); parenting instruction and coaching by experienced, trained specialists; counseling on budgeting, nutrition and household management and help in building a support system through community resources. Funded by First Things First.
(Parent Organized Partnerships Supporting Infants and Children Learning to Eat)
A nonprofit resource for parents whose children have emotional, physiological or medical issues regarding eating.
Tucson • proactiveparenting.net
Sharon Silver is a mom, a radio/TV host, an educator with a background in parenting and early childhood development and a speaker whose mission is to create programs that help parents avoid punishment and focus instead on how to elicit cooperation and appropriate behaviors in children. In addition to public speaking events, she provides one-on-one parent coaching in-home or by phone.
The Parent Connection
5326 E Pima St, Tucson
520-321-1500 • theparentconnectionaz.org
Offers workshops, parenting classes, support groups, and play-based parenting groups to cover the full range of age and stage development in children as well as tools for being a responsive parent.
RAISING ARIZONA KIDS magazine provides resource directories as a community service and a starting place for your research. We do not independently evaluate nor do we imply endorsement by including particular organizations. If you know of additional resources we should list, please contact us.