Educational Parent Support Groups
At each group session, a trained SCAN facilitator will lead a discussion on a relevant parenting topic. For example: appropriate and effective discipline, working with difficult children, child developmental stages, or managing anger and stress. The parents are then given an opportunity to share how this topic is relevant to their lives and how they can implement the skills and knowledge presented during the meeting in their daily life. All participating parents are also encouraged to impart their personal challenges they have encountered during the week and group members have the chance to offer their own advice and support as a fellow parent.
The support group provides parents with a network of other parents who support and encourage them to keep learning and improving their relationships with their children. Parents learn good parenting skills through modeling; rebuild their self-image by sharing; and grow by reaching out to others.
There are no eligibility or residency requirements to participate in these programs. Registration is done at the actual Support Group site.
Padres de hoy
Children are always changing, always taking parents by surprise. Padres de hoy is a group of Spanish speaking parents who meet to discuss/share their parenting experiences with facilitator, Rosa Landeros, who has experience teaching and helping parents achieve more effective parenting skills. For families with children from birth to teenage years.
These weekly English-language drop-in sessions welcome all caregivers who want help managing family life and supporting their children’s success. Join the facilitator to talk about how to manage children’s behavior, setting limits, creative ideas for positive discipline, family rules and avoiding frustration in modern-day parenting.
SCAN’s support groups are held in Alexandria, VA and run October through December and then return mid-January until May. The program also provides a free children’s program for children of all ages.