Parent Education Network


Upcoming Events
Nurtured Heart Approach - Devils Lake, ND Mar 06, 2018 - Apr 03, 2019 — Lake Region Special Ed Conference Room, 801 5th Ave. SE, Devils Lake, ND
Building Strong Families Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018 — Ft. Yates, ND
Your Child is Growing! Jul 25, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 — Bismarck, ND
1-2-3 Magic Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Aug 02, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 — Bismarck, ND
Active Parenting Aug 07, 2018 - Aug 21, 2018 — Ft. Yates, ND
Parents Forever Aug 20, 2018 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Mandan, ND
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Program Descriptions

We are working to bring the following programs to the McKeinze, Williams, and Divide Counties.


Check our class schedule to see what is available now. 

Click here to find out about Topic Based Parent Support Group


Active Parenting

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 Parents! Early Development: an early development program that addresses basic skills for new parents and early childhood staff training.  It is produced in conjunction with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • Active Parenting Now: this program helps parents of children ages 5 to 12 raise responsible, cooperative children who are able to resist negative peer pressure and thrive in the 21st century.
  • Active Parenting of Teens: a video and discussion program for parents of preteens and teens.  Provides parents with the skills they need to use effective discipline, teach responsibility, and communicate with their teens.  Each session also shows parents how to handle sensitive issues such as drugs, sexuality and violence. 
  • Parents on Board: This programs increases parent involvement in their children’s schooling.  For grades K-7 and it gives parents the tools to help their children get the best education possible.
  • Cooperative Parenting and Divorce:  Through this program you will learn how to shield your children from parental conflict, manage your anger, negotiate peacefully with your child's other parent, and establish a positive, long-term relationship as "co-parents".
  • Active Parenting for Step-families:  Getting married is the easy part!  When a step-family is formed, everyone needs to learn new rules: Mom and Dad need to learn how to work together as a team.  Children and teens must adapt to changes.  Everyone needs to build good relationships with new family members.  This class will help you walk through these changes.


Bright Beginnings: Understanding and Enhancing Your Young Child's Growth and Development

Bright Beginnings is a parent education curriculum focused on parenting young children from the prenatal period through eight years of age. It is focused on understanding and enhancing young children’s growth and development. It centers on key foundations of a child’s healthy development, key domains of a child’s growth and development, and key strategies for parents to foster healthy child development.

Building Strong Families: Challenges and Choices

Building Strong Families is a research-based family education program designed to help families identify their own strengths and learn skills to build on those strengths. The program uses a 13-module curriculum that can be adapted for families of different types and in different settings and situations. The program operates on the philosophy that all individuals and families have strengths that can be enhanced if they are treated as partners in their own learning process. Each lesson module contains up to two hours of material with research findings, objectives, materials needed, and program content. The lesson topics relate to various aspects of family relationships, family living, and family resource management.

Common Sense Parenting

Common Sense Parenting is a parent education course designed for parents of either toddlers and preschoolers or children ages 6 to 16 (or children with ADHD). It is a practical, skill-based parenting program that addresses issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships and school success. The skills taught in the program were researched and developed at Boys Town and are helpful in building and reinforcing healthy family relationships. A 6-session workshop (2 hours each) allows parents to learn, practice and demonstrate new parenting skills. Program components involve instruction, videotape modeling, role playing, feedback and review.

Gearing Up for Kindergarten: A School Readiness Program for Parents and Children

Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a prevention-focused parent and family education program designed to facilitate child development and school readiness. Participants are involved in two eight-week parent education sessions, each session lasting 90 minutes. The sessions begin with 45 minutes of parent-child interaction activities focused on math, reading, sensory, science, art and imaginary play. The parents then separate for parent education (topics include guidance, media, importance of sleep, temperament, nutrition, brain development, and parenting styles). The children with a preschool facilitator and classroom assistant have circle time and other preschool activities. The child activities focus on sharing, getting along with others, listening, taking turns, responsibility, and cognitive and literacy skills.


Love and Logic: Early Childhood and School-Ag Parenting Curricula

Love and Logic is a 5-session video-based parenting curriculum focused on teaching parents to use skills of empathy, respect, logic, and limits with their children. The program addresses topics that include handling misbehavior, clear communication skills, avoiding power struggles, setting and enforcing limits, and using logic and consequences. The program offers parents a parent handbook to follow, sample video clips of parenting strategies, and sessions typically last 1-1/2 to 2 hours.


Nurtured Heart Approach

This approach was birthed by the need for transforming the most intense children by channeling their energies in inspiring ways.  Now, the approach is a world-acclaimed set of strategies – The Three Stands – for helping all children flourish.  Parents, educators, and therapists can use this approach to cultivate successful behavior in every child.  This approach is taught in a classroom format and offered in different arrangements from one day training to a 6 session class.


Nurturing Parenting Program

Nurturing Parenting programs involve a series of programs designed specifically for use in reducing child abuse and neglect or risks for such behavior. The programs are primarily designed for high-risk families and families experiencing child abuse and neglect or in the child welfare system. The programs involve parents and children in extended, in-depth learning sessions designed to help them progress sequentially in their knowledge and behavior so as to reduce abuse or neglect and also increase empathy and nurturing behavior. There are primary and intervention versions of the program(s). There are 12 ―evidence-based‖ models of the programs that are adapted to the differences in populations being served (age of child, culture, group context, etc.). The programs may be offered in treatment settings, community settings, group or home-based settings, etc. The program offers extensive support materials.

Parents Forever

Parents Forever offers education and resources for married parents going through divorce and never married families going through separation. Divorce and separation often brings change to every aspect of a family’s life, both for the parents and the children involved. Parents Forever provides parents with formal training programs and easy-to-use materials that help them navigate the emotional, financial, legal and communication changes that accompany divorce/separation so that they can effectively help their family transition. This program helps parents understand the impact of divorce on their children and provides them with tools to help their children.


More to come!!

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