The Mary Ann Walsh Parenting Education Programs offers prenatal and parenting classes for young people 21 and under who meet specific requirements and make a commitment to positive change. Childcare and limited transportation are provided. There is no cost for our programs.
Vision: Parenting is one of the most difficult and challenging careers, yet comes with little or no training. Our classes are designed to provide the most up-to-date prenatal and parenting education through best practice curriculums and community experts who visit our classroom to lend their wisdom and support. Our participants will leave our programs better equipped to provide a secure and healthy home for their children.
Free Parenting Classes: These classes offer education, support and material assistance from the prenatal stage through the toddler stage to help you and your child get the best start in LIFE! We have educated over 4,000 pregnant teens on the art and science of being good parents through the following programs:
- Promise Your Baby: Six-week prenatal education series for first-time, income-eligible moms, 21 and under, who are in their first or second trimester and are committed to making healthy changes during their pregnancy. Participants will learn how their behaviors impact the development of their growing child and discover positive changes they can make to increase the chances for a healthy, full-term baby. They earn a new baby bed and mattress!
- Nurturing Skills for Teen Parents: Fifteen-week series of parenting lessons to promote the philosophy of nurturing parenting for the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect for parents 21 and under, living in Montgomery County with a child 0-1. Lessons are presented in 16 different skill areas known to represent the range of appropriate parenting and child rearing practices. Parents completing the course earn a full-size car seat. Pizza party during the last class.
- Toddlers of Teens: Ten-week series of parenting lessons focused on the toddler stage for parents 21 and under with a child 1-3. Participants learn how to positively interact and encourage healthy development for their toddler. Parents are matched with a mentor who will meet on a regular basis after the program conclusion for eight months to further model positive parenting skills and introduce the parent and toddler to age-appropriate activities in the community. Earn a toddler table and chair set. Special dinner during last class to celebrate completion of program.
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