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Parenting Fundamentals

Parenting Fundamentals gives parents tools to help their children live fulfilling, productive lives. This evidence-based course with comprehensive support empowers parents to improve school performance and strengthen families.

Parenting Classes

  • Parents learn positive parenting skills including connecting with children, effective discipline, supporting school success, and parent self-care
  • Weekly two-hour sessions for 8 or 10 weeks
  • Classes targeted to age of the child: ages 0-4, 4-8, 8-12, and 12-18
  • Culturally sensitive curriculum
  • English and Spanish instruction
  • Classes open to DCFS and court-referred families

Home Visits

  • One-on-one time with parent educator to address issues that may be difficult to bring up in the group
  • View parent-child interaction in the home
  • Assessment of other resources the family may need

Connection to Other Services

  • Parent support groups
  • Referrals within Metropolitan or to other agencies for services such as mental health or substance abuse counseling, legal aid services, housing, benefits, and quality early childhood education

Help Accessing Classes

  • Classes take place in community settings around the city
  • Child care/art enrichment for children while parents attend classes
  • Classes offered in English and in Spanish

For more information please call 773-884-2290

If you are interested in hosting a parenting class at your organization please contact Katharine Bensinger at 773-371-3735 or bensingk@metrofamily.org.

Parenting Fundamentals is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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