Parent EducationOur goal is to help parents be the best they can be. It’s about strengthening families.

Programs offered include parenting education classes, Parent Cafés, peer support groups, individual coaching, and job readiness services.

Parenting education sessions are offered at the Early Childhood Resource Center and throughout the community. For session schedules, please call (330) 491-3272.

Classes For Parents

Active Parenting Now

Three or four two-hour sessions focusing on:

  • Parenting styles
  • Getting and giving respect
  • Understanding children’s feelings
  • Teaching responsibility
  • Helpful positive discipline techniques

Parent Café

A Parent Café is a meeting that allows parents to connect, share, and learn from each other. The table topics encourage meaningful conversation--no judgment, just positive interaction. Parents discuss, reflect, and gain knowledge that strengthens parenting skills. Most locations offer a series of two to three sessions, so parents can continue earlier conversations.

Parent Education24/7 Dad

Taught by dads, for dads with children from birth through age12, 24/7 Dad helps fathers create strong bonds with their children as they learn about the important role they play in their children’s lives. This 12-hour curriculum focuses on:

  • The important role fathers play in their children's lives
  • Positive discipline techniques
  • Working with mom and co-parenting

Throughout the Community: The Early Childhood Resource Center collaborates with many agencies and community initiatives, including Right Path for Fathers, THRIVE, and the Department of Job and Family Services.