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Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center offers an eight-week program designed to enhance parenting skills for parents with infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and adolescents. The program provides pratical information that can be incorporated into every day parenting in an effort to keep children and families safe.  

Counselors use a supportive approach to teach concrete skills helping families face the challenges of parenting. Topics focus on, discipline techniques, commuication skills, problem solving, life skills management, ADHD series, and critical thinking. Services include ongoing groups and workshops including infant parenting, toddler/preschoolers parenting, school age parenting. All services are free and voluntary. Through the resource center, parents can access:

  • Counseling services for individuals and families
  • Support groups for parents
  • Parent enrichment workshops
  • Parent training classes
  • Books, videos and other information focusing on parenting skills 

The Parent Resource Center is a community based multi-diciplinary project that empowers parents with knowledge and skills needed to be effective parents.  Through the program, effective discipline techniques are encouraged and parent/child relationships are enhanced.

The Parent Resource Center is a partnership program with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The resource center accepts referrals from DCP&P, as well as schools, churches, family court, community-based programs and human service agencies.


Ongoing Workshops/Parenting Groups

School-Age Children (5 to 12)
Parenting and Discipline Group
Tuesdays:  11 am - 12:30 pm & 6 pm - 7:30 pm
This eight-session, focused group will present parents with a wide range of skills necessary for parent empowerment and effective behavior management of children. The approach throughout will emphasize the individuality of both parent and child, and the importance of accepting responsibility for personal choices. Parents will learn discipline skills such as time out; natural and logical consequences; providing options; limit setting; giving directions and choices; setting structure, effective communication skills; and cognitive/critical thinking. Parents will also learn the importance of play to both parent and child. This group is for parents of children between the ages of 5 to 12 years. This group will be offered on Tuesdays, from 11-12:30pm and 6-730pm, with ongoing enrollment continually throughout the year. 
 
Parenting Infants and Toddler Group (Birth to 2)
Child Development and Basic Care
Wednesdays: 11 am - 12:30 pm
This eight-session group will deal with the major aspects of infant and toddler development, including physical growth, cognitive development, language acquisition, and motor skills. Parents will learn how to respond to their child’s changing needs. Specific response areas to be worked on include nutrition, bathing and hygiene, and emotional attachment/bonding issues. Parents will learn to recognize age-appropriate behavior, and will learn their key role as nurturers in this phase of their child’s life. Creating safe environments and supervision will also be addressed. Parents will also learn about the importance of sensory stimulation and regular medical care e.g. immunizations. This group is for parents of children of age birth to two years. This group will be offered on Wednesdays, from 11 am – 12:30 pm, with enrollment start dates alternating throughout the year. 
 
Toddlers/Pre-school Group (2 to 4)
Parenting and Discipline Group
Thursdays: - 11 am - 12:30 & 6 pm - 7:30 pm
(Evening group will be held only when eight or more referrals are received.) 
This eight-session, focused group will present parents with a wide range of skills necessary for parent empowerment and effective behavior management of toddlers. The group’s focus includes role modeling; behavior modification; age appropriate discipline strategies and developmental skills; the importance of setting routine and structure; effectively communicating with toddlers; building self-esteem. Strategies to build better child and parent interaction will also be discussed. This group is for parents of children between ages 2 to 4 years. This group will be offered on Thursdays, from 11am - 12:30 pm, with ongoing enrollment continually throughout the year.
 
Adolescent Parenting Group (13-17)
Thursdays:
  6 pm - 7:30 pm
(Evening group will be held only when eight or more referrals are received.)
 
This eight-week group provides parents with techniques for dealing with the difficult times they may face in their son or daughter’s adolescence. We will follow a workshop format focused on the following skill building areas: adolescent development; communication skills; conflict resolution; anger or temper management; negotiation skills; natural and logical consequences; self-esteem building; and discipline. Throughout, we will stress the importance of developing and maintaining healthy relationships between parent and adolescent. This group is for parents of adolescents between ages of 13 to 17 years. This group will be offered on Thursdays, from 6-7:30pm, with enrollment start dates alternating.
 
For referral information, please contact Wendy Alexander, 856-964-1990 x194.  Groups can be organized for schools, neighborhoods and community organizations. To receive information on developing a group for a specific organization, call the Parent Resource Center, 856-964-1990 x194.  *Fees are associated with this service