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 three available bilingual curriculums used by SCAN are Strengthening Families®, Parenting Wisely® and the Nurturing Parenting Program® curriculum. SCAN also offers a Spanish-language workshop, Families Reunite, for families recently reunified through immigration.
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 from anywhere from 4 to 14 weeks for a 2 to 2 ½ hour period.
Nurturing Parenting Program
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. 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.
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.
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.
This 7-week workshop series teaches parents of teens (11+) important skills for combating risk factors for substance use and abuse. The program uses a risk-focus approach to reduce family conflict and child behavior problems.
SCAN uses “Families Reunite” curriculum developed by Fairfax County Public Schools to assist immigrant parents and their recently reunited teens/pre-teens to communicate about their issues and work to resolve them together. The workshops help parents and children be open about the challenges of reuniting as a family, develop healthy family communications around their sense of loss and frustration, and prepare the whole family to work together on family life challenges and academic success. Both parent and the reunited child must attend. Families must have been separated for at least one year. Childcare provided for younger children (2+). Available only in Spanish and can be implemented in the middle school or high school level.
Classes usually held in the fall and spring only. See Monthly Calendar of Events for upcoming series dates and languages.