Classes Offered in Polk County:

Nurture Hope

The Nurturing Program for Parents and Their Children with Special Needs and Health Challenges is designed to help parents and their children with chronic or life threatening medical conditions, developmental delays, life-altering disorders and disabilities. Parents and their children meet separately for the first 90 minutes and meet together for the last 30 minutes, one day a week for 12 weeks.

Parents will explore the following topics and discuss the importance of each to create a nurturing enviroment for parents and children:

  • Appropriate parental expectations
  • Empathetic awareness of the needs of children
  • Understanding and valuing empathetic, effective behavior,, encouragement techniques
  • Understanding appropriate parent/child roles and responsibilities
  • Development of power and independence in children
Details Language Location Dates & Times Age Groups
Details / Enroll English Falls City Elementary School
  • 01/16/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 01/23/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 01/30/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/06/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/13/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/20/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/27/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 03/06/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 03/13/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 03/20/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 03/27/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 04/03/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • Infant (0-24 mo)
  • Toddler (2-3 yrs)
  • Preschool (4 yrs)
  • Elementary School (K-5)

Nurturing Parenting

In the Nurturing Parenting class, parents will have an opportunity to learn the philosophy and practices of nurturing parenting, understand personality traits and how they relate to parenting and also have fun with other parents in their community. Each week, parents will explore a different topic together including:

  • The Philosophy and Practices of Nurturing Parenting
  • Ages and Stages of Growth for Infants and Toddlers
  • Ways to Enhance Positive Brain Development in Children
  • Communicating with Respect
  • Building Self-Worth in Children
  • Understanding Feelings
  • Understanding and Developing Family Morals, Values and Rules
  • Praising Children and their Behavior
  • Alternatives to Spanking
  • Learning Positive Ways to Deal with Stress and Anger

FREE child care (for children age birth to 11 years) is provided. Families can also enjoy a FREE meal. Participants must pre-register to attend.

Details Language Location Dates & Times Age Groups
Details / Enroll English Independence Elementary School
  • 02/01/18 03:00pm > 05:00pm
  • 02/08/18 03:00pm > 05:00pm
  • 02/15/18 03:00pm > 05:00pm
  • 02/22/18 03:00pm > 05:00pm
  • 03/01/18 03:00pm > 05:00pm
  • 03/08/18 03:00pm > 05:00pm
  • 03/15/18 03:00pm > 05:00pm
  • Prenatal
  • Infant (0-24 mo)
  • Toddler (2-3 yrs)
  • Preschool (4 yrs)

Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a fun, family group for all types of families: traditional, single parent, blended, adopted, and multi-generational.  This class will give youth and caregivers tools to successfully transition into the teen years. Youth learn how to effectively negotiate and communicate with parents and friends.  Parents learn what is developmentally appropriate for teens so they can set limits and grant privileges.  Youth (age 10-14 years) and Parents go to separate classes for the first hour and then families get to spend quality time together and practice skills allowing youth to have a stronger voice in the family.  

Dinner provided and enriched child care will be available for children age 1-9.

Details Language Location Dates & Times Age Groups
Details / Enroll English Monmouth Christian Church
  • 01/16/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 01/23/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 01/30/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/06/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/13/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/20/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 02/27/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • 03/06/18 05:30pm > 08:00pm
  • Middle School (6-8)