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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Parenting education and support

AZ Facts of Life Active Parenting
602-254-2704 • azfactsoflife.org
A comprehensive curriculum to educate parents on a variety of issues related to teens and youth ages 11 to 17.

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Child Support Services
Provides free workshops and seminars, and information booths at events throughout the state, to increase awareness about Division of Child Support Services programs that improve the economic stability and well-being of Arizona’s children. Services help to establish paternity, establish child support and provide personal development programs that help families become progressively self-reliant and better able to provide support to their children.

Baby Basics 4 U
480-299-1154 • babybasics4u.com
Parenting education company that offers a wide range of support services and classes for parents with children ages 0-5. Services are available online, in community settings, and in-home.

Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® in Arizona
Family Strategies & Coaching
602-492-5055 • parentarizona.com
Licensed mental health therapist Shiloh Lundahl, LCSW, offers parenting classes utilizing the Love and Logic® curricula. Classes, which include “Early Childhood Parenting Made 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 Arizona
480-222-0194 • childcrisisaz.org
Operates the only emergency shelters for Valley children (from birth to age 11) threatened with abuse and neglect. Child Crisis Arizona licenses, trains and supports foster and adoptive families, and provides early childhood education and resources for families through its early education services, parenting classes, workshops and playgroups.

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.

Deer Valley Family Resource Center
Desert Sage Elementary, 4035 W Alameda Rd, Glendale
New River Elementary School, 48827 N Black Canyon Fwy, New River
623-445-4727 • dvusd.org/dvfrc
Provides support to strengthen families living in the North Phoenix region. Offers education, prevention and awareness by coordinating existing programs and services to meet the needs of families with children ages birth through 5. Empowers parents and caregivers to become educators themselves and join in the joy of their child’s learning during the early developmental years. Funded by a grant from First Things First.

Feeding Matters
feeding matters.org
Group of parents whose mission is to bring pediatric feeding struggles to the forefront so infants and children are identified early, families’ voices are heard, and medical professionals are equipped to deliver collaborative care.

Fun Van by First Things First
A free mobile parenting-education program operating in Pinal County in association with Apache Junction Public Library and First Things First (an Arizona nonprofit committed to supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children). Children from birth to age 5 and their parents or caregivers attend classes on early literacy and parenting skills. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks.

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
480-472-7278 • mpsaz.org/parentu
Free classes in guidance and behavior, health and academics and growth and development.

MOMS Club (MOMS Offering Moms Support)
Valleywide chapters
Support group designed for the at-home mother featuring daytime meetings, guest speakers, activities and playgroups. Annual dues run $15-$30 (depending on the chapter).

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Valleywide chapters
Support group for moms of preschool-aged children. Meetings are held at churches and include mentoring, leadership development, relevant teaching, creative activities, childcare and more.

Mothers & More, McDowell Mountain Ranch Chapter
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.

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
The Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix
A non-profit, non-denominational organization providing classes led by local child development experts to parents of infants to preschool-age children. Morning and evening classes available with free childcare offered. Annual registration fee is $200 & up.

Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples
Scottsdale Healthcare Shea, 9030 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale
General meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Activities and guest speaker topics include health, fitness, nutrition, financial planning, school and educational issues, twin panels, mothers of older multiples panels, question and answer nights, safety issues and more. Parents are welcome to attend with their infants. Annual registration fee is $25.

Parenting Arizona
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 Education Network (PEN) Phoenix
A coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.

Free community for moms in Phoenix and surrounding areas of Maricopa County. Members meet on private discussion forums to share information and each month offers face-to-face events for members, their children and their families.

ProActive Parenting
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.

Scottsdale Parenting Group
Scottsdale Parenting Group is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that provides educational classes to parents of pre-birth through adolescents. Classes are broken down by age group and taught by qualified, professional instructors who are leaders in their fields of nursing, child development, child education and family counseling. SPG also offers outside social events such as Mom’s Night Out, playgroups, evening workshops and other fun events. First class is always free.

Strong Families AZ
Network of home visiting programs covering topics from teaching parents how-to be their child’s first ‘teachers’; to providing guidance and information in regards to developmental milestones; to early childhood literacy and optimal physical and emotional health for their young children and more.

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.

Thrive to Five Family Resource Centers
5 locations in the Tempe area
A First Things First-funded program providing free family support services, classes, toy and book libraries, developmental screenings and community referrals to parents and/or caregivers of children 0-5 years old.

More resources for Arizona families


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