The Parent Education Series offers free classes at MCPS in conjunction with The Lifelong Learning Center. Classes will discuss a range of topics from self-esteem to your child’s temperment. Your child does NOT need to attend any of the schools for you to participate. Classes last two hours and free childcare is available.
Childcare providers must register online.Individual Training Certificates will be given for earned early childhood credits are available.
** Denotes classes for child care providers.
Register online through The Life Long Learning Center at
missoulaclasses.com or by calling 721.7690.
Talking and Listening: Enriching Family Relationships: Tuesday, March 7, from 6:15-8:15 PM
presented at Paxson Elementary School
A key factor which contributes to the sense of well-being in family is good communication. Good communication patterns help family members support one another, make decisions, and solve problems. This class will help families enjoy one another more express themselves clearly and sensitively, and help increase family harmony. Free childcare is available.
**Helping Your Child Cope with Anxieties Wednesday, March 29 from 6:15-8:15 PM
presented at Rattlesnake Elementary School
Children worry, some more than others. Learn techniques to help ease your child’s anxieties and fears of anything from new schools to spiders and separation. These learned coping skills help your child navigate some of life’s stresses. Free childcare is available.
Stress Management for Parents
Tuesday, April 4 from 6:15-8:15 PM presented at Hawthorne Elementary School
What parent hasn’t gotten really angry with their kids at one time or another? Learn skills and gain an understanding of emotion regulation to help you stay stress free, and more importantly anger free with your children. By managing our own anger we are modeling emotion regulation skill for our children. Free childcare is available.
Creating a Mealtime Environment that Builds Connection, Life Skills and Healthy Eating Attitudes
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:15-8:15 PM presented at Russell Elementary School
Eat your broccoli! Or….don’t. The parent-child relationship is the basic foundation for children’s healthy development and much more important than eating broccoli! What better way to discuss how we parent than through looking at our mealtime environment. Parents care and that’s why we want them to eat well. But what message do our kids get from us by how we present the food, where we are when they are eating, and how we are viewing the mealtime experience. Not surprisingly, we often provide a similar structure around food to the one we experienced when we were young. However, surprisingly for many people, mealtime can be a time to feed all the things important in raising a child: food, of course, but also, love and connection too! Free childcare is available.
**Positive Parenting Practices
Tuesday, April 18 from 6:15-8:15 PM presented at Chief Charlo Elementary School
This class teaches positive parenting practices for increasing parent-child connections and fostering a balance between compliance and autonomy. Skills, such as encouragement and one-on-one time are taught, followed by a discussion of adapting these skills to particular family circumstances. We will focus on applying positive parenting practices to increase family cohesion, problem-solving, and communication. We will also ask parents to reflect on the balance of their parenting practices and to develop goals for increasing both compliance and autonomy in their children.
Love and Limits
Thursday, April 20 from 6:15-8:15 PM presented at Lewis & Clark Elementary School
This classic class teaches you how to lovingly teach your children self-control, a sense of values, good judgment, and self-discipline. Free childcare is available.
Helping the Child with ADHD-like Symptoms
Wednesday, April 26 from 6:15-8:15 PM presented at Washington Middle School
Although life with your child may at times seem challenging, it is important to remember that children with ADD/ADHD like symptoms (or the spectrum) can and do succeed. As a parent, you can help create home and school environments that improve your child’s chances for success. In this class, learn strategies for coping with symptoms that help improve your child’s life and the harmony of your entire family. Free childcare is available.