Parenting Programs

Parenting is a rollercoaster ride, with periods of utter joy, laughter, connection and confidence, and episodes of uncertainty, despair, confusion and helplessness. When things are going well we rely on our “gut” feelings and intuition to navigate our interactions with our children. However, during those rough periods, we need to STOP and gather our “Wise Mind,” which is not always immediately available during periods of high emotions. We can then “act” and not “react” to our children’s behavior.

In our parenting classes, workshops and consultations, our underlying philosophy is that all children want to do well, to belong and be valued. When we treat them with respect, and unconditional love, they will learn important life skills for cooperation, adaptability, problem-solving, relationships and communication. We equip parents with tools to handle parent-child situations in a clear, respectful and confident manner.


Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

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Our parenting classes serve two purposes – our parent educators can share research-based information about raising healthy, resilient children, and parents and guardians have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and advice. Many of our parenting classes are free and open to the public with childcare provided.

Our core curriculum emphasizes positive discipline, communication, and self-esteem in families.

Check out our Calendar of Events for dates and times for upcoming classes.

Parenting Classes:

Circle of Security is a relationship-based parenting program designed to help parents understand children’s needs, often hidden by their behavior, and to help parents reflect on their own upbringing and beliefs.  COS helps improve the quality of the parent-child relationship which results in a change in children’s behavior.  This popular,  multi-part workshop is FREE of charge and held in the children’s museum classroom at 225 W. Front St.  Call 406.721.7690 to register or for more information . The class fills quickly, so it’s recommended that you register early.

The Parent Education Series at MCPS in conjunction with the Lifelong Learning Center

Join Families First parent educators throughout the school year for free classes on a variety of topics useful in everyday family life. Childcare is available upon request. Go to MCPS Classes or check out the calendar of events. Call 721.7690 for more information.


Services for Parents & Caregivers:

Parent Resource Center
In the children’s museum, visit the Parent Resource Center, where you’ll find parenting tip sheets, books and information on Families First parenting support services. There is also a wide array of information on community support services. .

• Shared Parenting Classes  

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