Human Services

Parent Education Program: Class Descriptions

 

Classes

Parenting with Success

This is a “by referral only” class. The Parenting with Success program is based on the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program. The program targets parents of children ages 0–18 years who have been formally referred by service providers within the Department of Human Services, Arlington County Courts, Arlington County Public Schools, or other Arlington County service providers working with families at-risk for or currently experiencing family violence. Registration (26K PDF format) is required.

The class will help parents to: understand child social and emotional development; understand children’s behavior; learn age and developmentally appropriate discipline strategies; build self-esteem; learn to communicate effectively with children; help parents learn how to encourage their children; and discuss the impact of family violence.

As an intervention-based program, the Parenting with Success class also covers:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • A lesson on stress and anger management
  • Exploring the effect of domestic violence and substance abuse on parenting and the family

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Crianza con Exito

This is a “by referral only” class. The Crianza con Exito program is based on the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program. The program targets Spanish-speaking parents of children ages 0-18 years who have been formally referred by service providers within the Department of Human Services, Arlington County Court, Arlington County Public Schools, or other Arlington County service providers working with families at-risk for or currently experiencing family violence. Registration (26K PDF format) is required.

The class will help parents to: understand child social and emotional development; understand children's behavior; learn age and developmentally appropriate discipline strategies; build self-esteem; learn to communicate effectively with children; and help children learn to cooperate. This class is taught by culturally competent instructors and incorporates culturally relevant issues facing Arlington 's Spanish-speaking, immigrant populations. As an intervention-based program, the Crianza con Éxito class also covers:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • A lesson on stress and anger management
  • Exploring the effect of domestic violence and substance abuse on parenting and the family

Each Crianza con Éxito class meets once a week for 8 weeks. The class meets for 2 hours on a weekday evening. (View upcoming classes.)

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STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) for Parents

Six-week classes open to any Arlington County parent.  Each class is based on the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program.  Classes may be offered in English or Spanish.  Each course gives parents helpful tools and strategies for supporting their children and being the best parent they can be.  We offer Early Childhood STEP (for Parents of Children ages 0-6), STEP for Parents of Children ages 7-12, and Parenting Teenagers (for parents of teens ages 13-18). Class topics include: improving family communication; appropriate and effective discipline strategies; encouraging positive self-esteem and self-image; and, information about physical and emotional development.  Schedule varies.  Visit Arlington Families for current class schedule or contact the Parent Education Program at 703/228-1551 or cfuentes (at) arlingtonva.us for more information.   Registration (26K PDF format) is required.

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Parent Workshops

Join other Arlington parents to learn about and discuss strategies for effective parenting. Learn and share parenting techniques, resources, and connect with other parents in Arlington. A facilitator is on hand to lead the discussion focused on a specific parenting topics. such as school readiness, raising responsible kids, stress and time management, family communication, positive behavior management, and more.  Open to all Arlington parents.Workshops are scheduled at various community locations throughout Arlington during the year. Visit Arlington Families for current workshop schedule or contact the Parent Education Program at 703/228-1551 or cfuentes (at) arlingtonva.us for more information.  Registration (26K PDF format) is requested.

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For information on how to host a workshop at your location please email the Parent Education Program at DHSparenteducation (at) arlingtonva.us

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