Parenting Classes

The goal of SCAN’s parenting class is to improve parenting practices as well as children’s resilience. The approach used is research-driven and evidence-based, addressing critical protective factors known to prevent child abuse/neglect and promote healthy child development. The two available bilingual curriculums used by SCAN are Strengthening Families® and the Nurturing Parenting Program® curriculum “ABCs of Parenting”.

These classes are offered free of cost in both English and Spanish. There are no residency requirements. Depending on the curriculum, classes meet one night a week for 7, 8 or 14 weeks for a 2 ½ hour period. SCAN staff and volunteers facilitate the class and provide a light dinner and childcare for all participating families. Interested parents must contact the Parent Education Coordinator, Alice Clark, to register and schedule an intake interview. Registration is required and starts one month prior to class start date.

ABCs of Parenting
The program covers topics such as child development, praise and empathy, building your child’s self-esteem, family rules, age-appropriate discipline, alternatives to spanking, and family stress management. No eligibility requirements. Class includes a family meal, childcare for children ages 0 to 4, a children’s program with yoga component for children ages 5 and older, weekly raffles and educational materials.

**The next ABCs of Parenting class (in SPANISH) is scheduled for Thursday evenings, February 1 – March 22, 2018. Please call Alice Clark, SCAN’s Parent Education Coordinator at 703-820-9001 ext. 105 to register or for more information.**

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Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
This program incorporates both national research on protective factors that have been shown to reduce child abuse and SCAN’s local experience with what topics help parents and youth feel connected to their community and discourage youth from dropping out of school. By offering skill-building exercises and dialogue opportunities at the elementary and middle school level, SCAN helps families realize they are not alone in these struggles.

SF 10-14 is a 7-week evidence based program for parents and youth ages 10 to 14.  The family will learn to improve their communication skills, learn about substance abuse prevention and setting appropriate limits. Both the parent and middle school age child need to attend the class.

  • Key Middle School
    Date: Tuesdays, February 27 – April 24
    Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Location: 6402 Franconia Rd, Springfield, VA 22150
    Language(s): SPANISH
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  • Falls Church High School
    Date: Thursdays, April 5 – May 24
    Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Location: 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042
    Language(s): ENGLISH
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  • Edgar Allen Poe Middle School
    Date: Thursdays, April 12 – May 31
    Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Location: 7000 Cindy Ln, Annandale, VA 22003
    Language(s): SPANISH
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SFP 6-11 involves school age children ages 6-11 and their families. The program consists of three life skills courses – parenting skills, youth’s social/life skills, and family life skills. Families attend 14 weekly sessions, beginning with a meal, followed by separate parents and youth groups, and ending with a family group. Both the parent and elementary school age child need to attend the class.

  • Brent Place
    Date: Wednesdays, January 31 – May 9
    Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
    Location: 375 S Reynolds St, Alexandria, VA 22304
    Language(s): ENGLISH
    Register here

Classes usually held in the fall and spring only. See Monthly Calendar of Events for upcoming series dates and languages.