Parenting Classes and Services

Attend programs through the year that give caregivers information about raising children and meet with other parents and guardians to exchange ideas and advice. Many of our classes are free and open to the public with childcare provided. Our core curriculum, derived from the programs of Families First – Boston, emphasizes positive discipline, communication, and self-esteem in families.

Check out our calendar of events for dates and times for upcoming classes. Sign up for our bi-weekly E-Newsletter.

Parenting Classes:

 • Circle of Security Workshop

This internationally acclaimed relationship-based parenting program is designed to help us understand our children’s needs, often hidden in their behaviors, and to help us along our journey of understanding ourselves as parents, reflecting on our own upbringing and beliefs.  In this workshop, we will be watching excerpts of parent-child interactions, discussing the often subtle cues from the children and then analyzing the parent’s reactions. Pluse, we will be looking at our own buttons, sharing our experiences as parents in a small group. This workshop is intended for parents of newborns through 5 years old; however parents of any age children will gain  insight through the program. This workshop is free. 

Tuesdays, May 30, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 11:30 am – 1:30 pm                    at the Families First Administrative Offices                                       227 1/2 W. Front Street

Space is limited and the class fills quickly!
For information about upcoming workshops, call the Families First Parenting office at 406.721.7690.

 Families First in-house Classes 

 Positive Discipline a 7-week series

Mindful Discipline, 6-week Series

Be the Best Parent You can Be in The Moment,  4-week series

 • 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 topics ranging from self-esteem issues to your child’s temperament. Childcare is available upon request. Call 406.721.7690 for more information. View class schedule.

Services for Parents & Caregivers:            

Individualized Parenting Classes

•  Shared Parenting Classes

• Parenting Plan Mediation
Additional shared parenting services include parenting plan mediation, as well as creating parenting plans that address the needs of both parents. Call 406.721.7690 to schedule an appointment. Consultations are $50/hr, however you may apply for a reduced rate.

• Emotion Coaching
Learn how to be an emotion coach for your child. Just as athletic coaches guide children through sports, parents can teach their children strategies to deal with life’s ups and downs. Studies have shown that children’s emotional awareness and ability to handle feelings will determine their ability to succeed in school and relationships. “Emotion Coach” parents do set clear firm limits; however, rather than “misbehavior” being the major concern, the emphasis is on feelings, problem solving, and thus, loyalty and affection between parent and child. Call to schedule an appointment with Dara Newman,Ph.D., L.C.P.C. Coaching sessions are $50/hr. A sliding scale payment is available.

• Parent Helpline
The Helpline is designed for parents who have questions regarding their child’s temperament, sleeping issues, and general parenting questions. This service is FREE of charge. Call  406.721.7690 and our parent education director will respond within 48 hours.

• Walk-In Hours
Much like the Parent Helpline, Families First offers one-on-one time, in person, with our experienced parent educators. Parents and caregivers are invited to walk in for a free 15-minute consultation. Parent educators are available most Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Call for available times or stop by.