Parent Education Program

At SCAN, we believe that every child deserves love and nurturing as they learn and develop. We also believe that parents truly love their children and want to be good parents; but we also know that parenting can be tough. Many parents feel isolated in the difficult job of parenting and need information, skills and support to become positive, nurturing influences in their children’s lives.

Through our Parent Education Program and other outreach, we work to be an accessible, useful source of parenting information, support and connections among families and those who influence families throughout Northern Virginia.

Parenting Classes
SCAN offers a series of classes in both English and Spanish using the Nurturing Parenting Program® and the Strengthening Families curriculum that help families build a stronger connection with each other. In these classes, participants learn about child development, how to communicate physical and emotional needs, establishing routines for regular family activities, effective discipline methods, handling stress, and building family cohesion.

Educational Parent Support Groups
A parent support group is a place where parents can share their daily parenting frustrations and triumphs in a supportive environment and learn new strategies from each other to deal with these challenges. Educational parent support groups have no start or end date, so parents can join at any time.

Parenting Workshops / Parent Café
SCAN is able to develop workshops on one or more topics of interest for partner organizations. SCAN  can provide a one-time workshop from our menu of topics for your parent group. Or SCAN can work you to tailor a Parent Café series, unique to the needs of our partner. A series is usually composed of 4 to 6 workshop sessions but can be adjusted to meet our partner’s needs. Topics for each session are selected by SCAN and the partnering organization. The partner can opt to include child care or a concurrent children’s program with lesson plans.  Reunification, positive discipline, communication, family rules are a few topics available.

If you are parent [click here] for upcoming workshops available to you.

If you are a community member interested in hosting a workshop or  a series [click here].

All of SCANs programs are free of charge to parents and held at easily accessible community location. Some programs require both parent and child to attend. Please click on the links to each program to learn more. Or click on the Monthly Calendar of Events located on the left-hand side panel.