The Parent Center offers free workshops and programs designed to help negotiate the challenges and celebrate the joys of raising children.

We invite mothers, fathers and other caregivers to bring their questions and share their concerns.

Our staff is trained in health, behavioral health, life-span development and wellness, and in addressing cultural influences on parenting styles.

Current programs include:

  • Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Bright Beginnings Groups:
    Expectant Mothers — Prepare for the relationship of a lifetime with a six-week parent group designed to help pregnant mothers attune to their bodies and emotions.
    Mothers with Babies — Familiarize yourself with the developmental needs of your baby (two to 12 months) with this six-week curriculum-based group for parents and children. Learn methods for fostering attachment and for developing communication, socialization and sensory-motor skills                      
  • Parenting Journey: Build nurturing family relationships through increased self-awareness and self-care in this 12-week curriculum-based parenting group *Family Court/ACS-approved
  • Toddler Tuesdays:  Parents and their toddlers (16 months to three years) engage in structured play, learning through music and movement, stories, arts and crafts and more in this six-week group.
  • Six-week Parenting Groups:  Parents of children and teenagers explore a range of parenting topics in six-week groups, with topics healthy development, responsibility, discipline, self-esteem and more.
  • Weekly and monthly one-time workshops offered on a variety of parenting issues.
The Parent Center takes a holistic life-balance approach that focuses on the roles of father, mother, grandparent and family. Among our services are:
  • Resources for Toddlers, Youth and Teen Programs: Information for day care, after-school and summer camps, and arts programs offered at the Abrons Arts Center.
  • Benefits Counseling and Community Resources: Referrals for help with public assistance; food stamps; health insurance; legal services including child support, credit and debt repair; housing resources; job training and placement; income tax preparation referrals; and medical and mental health services.

All programs and services are free of charge, including workshops, support and special events.