Classes at MCPS

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                                   or by calling 721.7690.

February 2017

Helping Children Cope with Divorce                       Wednesday, February 1, 6:15-8:15 PM                             presented at Rattlesnake Elementary School

Whether a divorce or separation has happened recently or quite a while ago, children relive the experience to varying degrees as they pass through different developmental stages. This class will help you to know how to support your children throughout childhood, what helps and what hurts, and ways to communicate with the co-parent to minimize harm to your kids.

Blended Families (Being a Step-Family)
Tuesday, February 7, 6:15-8:15 PM                               presented at Hawthorne Elementary School

This class discusses ways to help build strong, healthy relationships between partners, children and extended family members. Family dynamics can be complicated, and changing relationships can be confusing to all members of a new, blended family. These common problem areas will be discussed. The class will focus on ways to communicate in a healthy and respectful manner, allowing all members of a “new family unit” feel heard and valued. Techniques to help foster acceptance, cohesion, and tolerance of family members’ individual coping strategies will be discussed.

How to Communicate with Your Teen – So They Will Hear You
Wednesday February 15, 6:15-8:15 PM
presented at Big Sky High School

Do you ever feel like your kids just won’t listen to you?  Of course there’s no magical formula for always getting your kids to listen, but in this class we’ll explore and practice specific communication skills and techniques so your child will “hear” your message and be more willing to cooperate.

Helping with Homework: Help Your Child Learn how to be Organized and Responsible
Thursday, February 23, 6:15-8:15 PM                             presented at Lewis & Clark Elementary School

We sometimes expect our children to “just do” what they “should do.” But they need to learn organizational skills. As parents, we have to provide them a routine and a system to help them remember to bring home their homework, finish their homework and do their chores and daily activities. This class will discuss techniques to help children take responsibility for their jobs by providing children with necessary skills. And we, as parents, may learn more organizational skills when we help our children come up with these workable routines!

 March 2017

 Understanding Emotional Intelligence                 Wednesday, March 1 from 6:15-8:15 PM                   Presented at Washington Middle School

We’d all like to raise kids who are well-adjusted, happy, and successful.  Research shows having a high emotional intelligence is a great predictor of job success as well as personal success.  Learn how to help your child increase their awareness of their own feelings, the ability to empathize with other people, improve their listening skills and thus increase their emotional intelligence! Free childcare is available.

Talking and Listening:  Enriching Family Relationships: Tuesday, March 7, from 6:15-8:15 PM                         presented at Hawthorne 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 and express themselves clearly and sensitively, and will help increase family harmony, enjoy one another more and express themselves clearly and sensitively, and will 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.

APRIL 2017

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 healthy development of children through adulthood; much more important than eating broccoli!  What better way to discuss how we parent than through looking at our mealtime environment.  What messages are we trying to get across to our children?  Eat the broccoli!  Parents care and that is 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, 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 you.  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.  Free childcare is available.

**Positive Parenting Practices                                            Tuesday, April 18 from 6:15-8:15 PM                          presented at Chief Charlo Elementary School Educator

 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 6:15-8:15PM                         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.