Classes

Parenting classes are opportunities for parents, caregivers, or anybody who wants new ideas on raising children. Classes are curriculum based and meet one night per week. Parents Place offers several different classes to cover different aspects of raising children. Certificates of completion are awarded at the final session of the class if attendance and payment have been satisfied. The fee for our classes is $20 per week per person or $25 per week per couple but it can be adjusted if needed. Childcare is available at no extra charge.

Children in Between is $40. No scholarships or childcare available.

Ready for Kindergarten is free to attend thanks to the generosity of the United Way of Cowlitz County. 

Please fill out the Parents Place Class Registration Form and contact us to attend a class.

Classes Available at Parents Place 

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!®-5wks.: Techniques covered are appropriate for children of all ages. Week 1 is about ending arguing and whining. Week 2 is Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say. Week 3 talks about avoiding power struggles. Week 4 covers setting limits. Week 5 gives you ideas on what to do when you don't know what to do. Dates offered: Thursdays October 22, 2020 through November 19, 2020 from 6 to 8pm.
 
Active Parenting The First 5 Years: 4wk. class for people raising children 5yrs. old and younger. Wk.1: Ages and Stages, parenting styles, offering choices, building a bond, feelings, the importance of play, and self-care. Wk. 2: Brain development, child safety, age appropriate discipline techniques, rules, and routines. Wk. 3: Choice and consequence, temper tantrums, and encouragement. Wk. 4: Preparing for school success, encouraging independence, and the power of family. Dates offered: 10-20-20, 10-27-20, 11-3-20, 11-10-20 from 6 to 8pm.
 
Battles, Hassles, Tantrums, and Tears: A 4wk. class on parental anger, children's anger, tantrums and what to do about it. Wk. 1: Conflict management styles and C.H.O.I.C.E.S to handle conflict. Wk. 2: Overcoming self-defeating messages and appropriate discipline. Wk. 3: The anger cycle, calming techniques, and tantrums. Wk. 4: Problem solving and communication. Dates offered: 9-2-20, 9-9-20, 9-16-20, 9-23-20. 6 to 8pm. No childcare available.
 
Ready for Kindergarten 0-1 Fall Session: This class is for people with children born between 9-1-19 and 8-31-20. Give your child the best start on their 1st day of school. Receive a Ready Tool Kit and learn how to use it 10min. a day every day until your child starts kindergarten to prepare them for school success. Enroll by 9-20-20 to ensure a kit is ordered for you. Go to https://www.readyforkindergarten.org/parentsplace/schedule to enroll in the class. Free thanks to the generosity of United Way of Cowlitz County. Date offered: 10-2-20
 
Ready for Kindergarten 1-2 Fall Session: Same as above but for people with children born between 9-1-18 and 8-31-19. Enroll by 9-27-20 to ensure a kit is ordered for you. Date offered: 10-9-20 at 10am.
 
Ready for Kindergarten 2-3 Fall Session: Same as above but for people with children born between 9-1-17 and 8-31-18. Enroll by 10-4-20 to ensure a kit is ordered for you. Date offered: 10-16-20 at 10am.
 
Ready for Kindergarten 3-4 Fall Session: Same as above but for people with children born between 9-1-16 and 8-31-17. Enroll by 10-4-20 to ensure a kit is ordered for you. Date offered: 10-13-20 at 6pm.
 
Ready for Kindergarten 4-5 Fall Session: Same as above but for people with children born between 9-1-15 and 8-31-16. Enroll by 10-4-20 to ensure a kit is ordered for you. Date offered: 10-15-20 at 6pm.
  
Children in Between: For people filing a parenting plan or who want info. on co-parenting. Meets the state requirement of a 4hr. parenting class on the effects of divorce/separation on children. Brand new curriculum released in 2019. Next class: October 10, 2020 from 9am to noon.
   
Love and Logic: Adults Supporting Youth with Challenging Pasts- New 6wk. class specifically designed for people working with children who have experienced trauma and/or loss. Great for parents(birth, foster, adoptive), teachers, school counselors, etc. Dates offered: Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm starting February 26. 
 
Ready for Kindergarten 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 Spring Session: Give your child the best start on their 1st day of school. Receive a Ready Tool Kit and learn how to use it 10min. a day every day until your child starts kindergarten to prepare them for school success. For people with children born between 9-1-14 and 8-31-17. Go to https://www.readyforkindergarten.org/parentsplace/schedule to enroll in the class. Free thanks to the generosity of the United Way of Cowlitz County. Enroll by 3-22-2020 to ensure a kit is ordered for you. Dates offered: 3-31-2020 at 6pm. 
 
Kalama Ready for Kindergarten 2-3,3-4,4-5 Spring Session: For families in the Kalama School District Only: For families with children born between 9-1-14 and 8-31-17. Go to https://www.readyforkindergarten.org/parentsplace/schedule to enroll in the class. Free thanks to the generosity of the United Way of Cowlitz County. Enroll by 3-15-2020 to ensure a kit is ordered for you. Date offered: 3-24-2020 at 6pm. 
 
Growing Up Again- 6wk. class for people raising any age children. Expectant parents are encouraged to attend. This class goes back through your childhood to help you heal where your parents' poor parenting impacted you. For people who had a wonderful childhood, this class shows you how and why you should repeat the good things your parents did with your own children. Dates offered: 11-25-19, 12-2-19, 12-9-19, 12-16-19, 12-23-19, 12-30-19.
 
Active Parenting Today: A 6wk. class for people raising children ages 4yrs. old and up. This class focuses on family communication and family problem solving. Dates offered: 1-22-19, 1-29-19, 2-5-19, 2-12-19, 2-19-19, 2-26-19 from 6:30-8:30pm

Classes Offered by Other Agencies

  • The Incredible Years: Free 16 week class on Tuesdays for parents of children aged 2-8. Topics include communication skills, importance of play, problem solving, etc. Class is open to the public and hosted online by Columbia Wellness via zoom. Class starts October 13, 2020 from 5:30 to 6:45pm. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.
  • The Incredible Years Babies: Free 12 week class for parents of children aged 0-12 months. Help your baby feel safe, secure, and loved while encouraging positive physical and language development. There will be a free baby memory book, safety tips, strategies for maintaining a predictable routine, and much more. Two opportunities are available: one class starts October 29th at 11:00am and one starts November 19th at 11:00am. Both are offered via Zoom and continue on every following Thursday. Hosted by Columbia Wellness. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.
  • The Incredible Years: Free 16 week class on Wednesdays for parents of children aged 2-8. Topics include communication skills, importance of play, problem solving, etc. Class is open to the public and hosted online by Columbia Wellness via zoom. Class starts September 23, 2020 from 5 to 6:45pm. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.
  • Love and Logic at Child and Adolescent Clinic: 4wk. class for families raising children of any age. Learn how to reduce conflict and instill responsibility in children. Offered by Child and Adolescent Clinic. You do not need to be a patient of the clinic to attend. The class is available to anybody interested in the information. Free. Call 360-577-1771 ex. 271 to sign up. Dates offered: January 2021.
  • Love and Logic at CAP: CAP is offering a 6wk. Love and Logic class on Wednesdays. They have morning and afternoon sessions available. Morning session is 9am to 10:30am. Afternoon is 1:30pm to 3pm. Enrollment is ongoing. Start at anytime. $10 materials fee. No childcare available. Call Jani at 360-425-3430 ex. 264 to sign up. 
  • Strengthening Families 10-14 in Kelso: Class open to any family with children ages 10-14yrs. old. 8wk. class for parents/caregivers AND their youth. Childcare provided for younger children. Free with dinner included. Class will be held at Journey Christian School 95 Garden st Lexington (Kelso) 98626. You do not need to be enrolled at that school or a member of the church to attend Strengthening Families. Contact Ramona at sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com 360-261-3971 to sign up. Starts Thursday March 26 at 6pm. 
  • The Incredible Years School Age Basics: For families with children 6-12yrs. old. Free 14wk. class with dinner and childcare provided. Parents learn and practice hands-on parenting techniques every week. Classes held at St. Helens Elementary School 431 27th ave Longview, WA 98632. Contact Huyen Truong at 360-355-3142 or huyen.truong@esd112.org to sign-up. Classes start Tuesday February 4 from 5:30-8pm.
  • Strengthening Families 10-14 at Monticello Middle School: 1225 28th Ave. Longview. Free 8wk. class for parents/caregivers AND their youth ages 10-14yrs. old. Dinner and childcare provided for younger chldren. Parents/caregivers and youth must attend together. Contact Ramona at sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com 360-261-3971 to sign up. Starts Tuesday October 8 at 6pm. 
  • Strengthening Families 10-14 in Woodland: Free 8wk. class for parents/caregivers AND their youth ages 10-14yrs. old. Dinner and childcare provided for younger chldren. Parents/caregivers and youth must attend together. Contact Ramona Leber at sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com or 360-261-3971. Starts Thursday April 11 at 6pm.
  • Strengthening Families 10-14 in Castle Rock: Free 8wk. class for parents/caregivers AND their youth ages 10-14yrs. old. Dinner and childcare provided for younger chldren. Parents/caregivers and youth must attend together. Contact Ramona at sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com or 360-261-3971. Starts Monday April 15 at 6pm.
  • Strengthening Families 10-14 Longview: Free 8wk. class for parents/caregivers AND their youth ages 10-14yrs. old. Dinner and childcare provided for younger chldren. Parents/caregivers and youth must attend together. Contact Ramona at sfpwsucowlitz@hotmail.com 360-261-3971 to sign up. Classes held at Longview Community Church 2323 Washington Way Longview, WA 98632. Returning later this year.
  • Strengthening Families 3-11: This is a 14 week class for families raising children ages 3-11 years old. Parents learn techniques to improve their parenting. Children learn techniques to follow directions better, communicate better, avoid making poor decisions, and more. Families work together each week during the family session. Class is held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 312  1st  Avenue SW Castle Rock, WA 98611. Parents and children MUST attend together. Free with dinner, childcare, and prizes included. Contact Dianne Swanson at (360) 636-0530 or email her at dianneswanson@msn.com for more info. or to sign-up. 
  • Children's Home Society is recruiting families for a research study of a parenting class curriculum. Classes are held in Clark Co. Families are paid for 10 sessions of class plus 1 pre-class home visit and 1 post-class home visit. Contact Mindy Davis at Mindy.Davis@chs-wa.org for more information or to sign up.  

 

Upcoming Classes

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 5:00pm
The Incredible Years is a free 16 week parenting class focusing on building positive parenting skills for all parents of children, aged 2-8. It provides tools and strategies to encourage positive behaviors, build relationships, and manage conflict. Class is offered online only via zoom. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.
Wed, 11/04/2020 - 5:00pm
The Incredible Years is a free 16 week parenting class focusing on building positive parenting skills for all parents of children, aged 2-8. It provides tools and strategies to encourage positive behaviors, build relationships, and manage conflict. Class is offered online only via zoom. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.
Wed, 11/11/2020 - 5:00pm
The Incredible Years is a free 16 week parenting class focusing on building positive parenting skills for all parents of children, aged 2-8. It provides tools and strategies to encourage positive behaviors, build relationships, and manage conflict. Class is offered online only via zoom. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.
Wed, 11/18/2020 - 5:00pm
The Incredible Years is a free 16 week parenting class focusing on building positive parenting skills for all parents of children, aged 2-8. It provides tools and strategies to encourage positive behaviors, build relationships, and manage conflict. Class is offered online only via zoom. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 5:00pm
The Incredible Years is a free 16 week parenting class focusing on building positive parenting skills for all parents of children, aged 2-8. It provides tools and strategies to encourage positive behaviors, build relationships, and manage conflict. Class is offered online only via zoom. Contact 360-353-9606 or email care@columbiawell.com to sign up.