Human Services

The Arlington County Parent Education Program


The Parent Education Program is part of Arlington County's Department of Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services. The mission of the Parent Education Program (PEP) is to strengthen families by providing parents and other family members with the parenting tools, strategies and skills to help provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for their children. The Parent Education Program offers parenting classes and workshops, Learn at Home parenting kits, and information and referral services to connect parents with the resources they need.


PEP offers a variety of free parenting programs for Arlington County residents. Classes address a variety of parenting issues and aim to provide parents with a nurturing and supportive environment where they can openly discuss their parenting concerns and gain insightful, up-to-date, research-based parenting information, tools, strategies and techniques for raising happy, healthy children. Some classes are available specifically to parents who are mandated to take parenting classes by the courts, social services, or other service providers.  Other classes and workshops are open to the general public. Programs are available in English and Spanish. Childcare is available for some programs. 

Programs offered include:

  • Classes: By Referral Only
    • Parenting with Success: Ages 0–18 (in English)
    • Crianza con Exito (in Spanish)
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  • Classes: Open to the Community
    • For Parents of Teens 
    • STEP (for parents of children ages 6-12)
    • Crianza con Exito: La Adolescencia
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  • Workshops
  • Online Resources
    • Arlington Families -a website linking you to upcoming programs for parents and links to resources for parents of children of all ages--from prenatal to age 18!
    • Learn at Home Kits: Home-based learning modules can be sent to you for at-home learning
    • Parent Resource Request Library: Request available parenting materials
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View the schedule of classes and workshops. Use the Class Registration Form (23K PDF format) to register for classes. For more information about upcoming parenting classes, please contact the Parent Education Program at 703-228-1551.

For Service Providers

Are you a social worker, teacher, counselor, probation officer, nurse, or community resource assistant? Do you work with parents in need of parent education services? Learn more about referring clients to our "by referral only" classes by clicking here.

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Last Modified: January 31, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611