Parenting Classes and Services

Attend programs throughout 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.

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. It also help us along our journey of understanding ourselves as parents, reflecting on our own upbringing and beliefs. In the 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. Plus, 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 children of any age will gain  insight through the program. This workshop is free. Space is limited and the class fills quickly! For information about upcoming workshops, call Families First Administrative Offices at 406.721.7690.

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

 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 useful in everyday home life.  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
Complementing our Shared Parenting class is parenting plan mediation. Mediations address the needs of children and both parents. Call 406.721.7690 to schedule an appointment. This service costs $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, with emotion coaches, rather than focusing on a child’s “misbehavior,” 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 general parenting questions regarding issues such as child temperament, sleep, potty training and more. This service is FREE. Call 406.721.7690. All calls are returned within 48 hours.

• Walk-In Hours
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. Generally, assistance is available most Tuesdays between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. Call for available times or stop by.