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Parenting Tips from the Alaska Children's Trust

  • Listen, talk and play with your child.
  • Be warm, loving and responsive.
  • Be a role model for respectful behavior and values you believe in.
  • Listen to your child without judging what you hear.
  • Establish rituals and routines.
  • Encourage your child to keep trying when he or she fails.
  • Set goals and celebrate accomplishments.
  • Set boundaries that are appropriate for your child.
  • Never leave your child alone or unattended.
  • Get to know the people in your child's life; coaches, relatives, friends, babysitters, ministers.
  • Monitor your child's internet use.
  • Choose quality day care and stay involved.
  • Be selective in your child's television watching.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Enjoy your child and have fun together!

General Web-Based Resources

School Districts
Check with the counselor at your local school. They may offer parenting classes. Get school district calendars in Superior Court Locations.

ANCHORAGE

Akeela

Classes: Strengthening Families (Must be enrolled in substance abuse treatment program to attend.)
Focus: Parents with children ages 6 through 11 years.
Class Description: The Strengthening Families program is designed to:
1. Decrease alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and discourage intentions to use.
2. Decrease emotional, behavioral and social problems in school.
3. Improve communication and academic skills.
4. Improve parenting skills and the family environment.
5. Increase children's ability to cope.
6. Provide information to parents about alternative ways to increase positive interactions with their children.

Class Schedule: A 14 week program for the entire family offered throughout the year.
Cost: Call for costs.
Contact: 907-565-1200

Alaska Christian Ministries

Classes:Practical Positive Parenting, Building Foundations for Strong Families
Focus: Parents with children of all ages.
Class Description: 7 weekly workshops designed to strengthen the foundations of family life. Each workshop begins with a family meal. Then the children and teens will go to age appropriate activities designed to strengthen character and complement the topic parents are discussing. Parents meet together for a group study one of the following topics: Child Development; Character Development and Positive Self-Esteem; Communication Challenges; Family Communication; Improving Behavior; Positive Discipline; and Challenging Behaviors. After the study, parents discuss in small groups with other parents of similar age children how to implement in their families the principles they have learned. Child care is provided for younger children.
Class Schedule: Please call or email for schedule.
Cost: $35.00 for the entire family for 7 weeks.

Website: https://akchristianmin.org
Contact: 907-272-8760 or e-mail PracticalPositiveParenting@protonmail.com

Alaska Mediation Institute

Classes:Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child
Focus: Making two homes for your child(ren) where the parents have a positive co-parenting relationship.
Class Description: This parenting course topics include self-care, parenting plans, mediation, enhancing parenting strengths, healing hurt and hard feelings, managing successful emails, text, meetings, and healthy schedules and transitions. This class is designed with high-conflict parents in mind, however, any divorcing/divorced parent can benefit from the course.
Classes Include: The book, Mom's House, Dad's House and worksheets from The CoParenting Toolkit, snacks and a certificate of completion. Author of both books is Isolina Ricci, Ph.D and the course will be based on the book.
Class Schedule: Go to www.alaskamediation.org for a full schedule of all classes. Classes take place monthly in Wasilla/Palmer and Anchorage. This is a one-time, three (3) hour course. Must register online before the class to ensure enough materials, snacks, and space for all attendees.
Cost: $75.00 (includes a hard copy of the book and worksheets)
Contact: Tayva Taylor at tayva@alaskamediation.org or 907-341-4949. Web address is www.alaskamediation.org.

Alaska Youth and Family Network (AYFN)

Parent Support Group
Description: Call the center for details about classes.
When:Call the center for details.
Cost:Call the center for details.
Contact: For more information, please contact us at (907) 770-4979.

Alaska Behavioral Health

Classes:Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL)
Focus: : Families with youth between the ages of 10-18 years old who exhibit chronic emotional and behavioral concerns
Class Description: PLL is an evidence-based method combining parenting classes and family coaching. The classes teach specific skills to stop difficult behaviors, repair the parent-child relationship, stop disrespect, create effective limits, and improve communication in the home; the family coaching sessions help your family customize and apply the information for your specific family situation.
Classes Include: PLL includes snacks during group, three workbooks, PLL paperback book. Childcare assistance is available in some cases.
Class Schedule: 8 week series combining group class and family coaching. Program is offered on a regular basis all year long – call for more information on start times.
Cost: PLL is covered by Denali Kid Care and some private insurances. Sliding scales and other supplements may be available for others.
Contact: PLL Clinical Associate at 907-561-0954

Creative Solutions for Families – Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks and Sitka

Classes: Co-Parenting – "Divorce ends the marriage – not the family unit. Working together for our children."
Focus: Help parents navigate through this time with co-parenting skills that help maintain the family unit and decrease unnecessary burden and stress on the children.
Class Description: Classes use curriculum from Children in Between (CIB) and After the Storm (ATS), both developed by the Center for Divorce Education and endorsed nationally by attorneys, judges, psychologists, mediators, and teachers. CIB focuses on educating parents on the effects of divorce on the children. ATS was developed for parents with high conflict, whether married, divorced, or never married. Benefits for parents are learning anger management strategies and developing sensitivities to the effects of their conflict on their children.
Classes Include written materials; Attendees will leave with a list of ideas to apply to their personal situation to make co-parenting more effective; Attendees also receive 1 hour (per family) of post-class Parenting Mediation or Co-Parenting Coaching services to be used within 60 days of attending the course.
Class Schedule: Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka.
Contact Creative Solutions for current scheduling (907) 622-9452 or visit our web site at www.CreativeSolutionsForFamilies.com.
Cost: $150 per person for single 3-4 hour class.
*Longer, more extensive classes are available upon request based on individual need.
Contact: 907-622-9452; CreativeSolutionsForFamilies@gmail.com

Providence Hospital

Classes: Parenting with Providence
Focus: New Parents and parents of young children who need to understand early childhood development.
Class Description: Classes focus on the care & development of Infants& Toddlers and Discipline for 5-10 year olds.
Class Schedule: Ongoing. Check online for the schedule.
Cost: Varies with the classes taken. Scholarships are available for all classes.
Contact: https://alaska.providence.org/services/m/maternity/classes-and-resources/parenting or 907-212-8474

Stone Soup Group

Classes: A variety of classes and programs that provide support and assistance to families caring for children with special needs.
Focus: Children with special needs.
Class Description: Classes are developed to provide training and support for families with special needs children.
Class Schedule: Contact Stone Soup Group for current/upcoming class schedule and to register.
Cost: Free.
Contact: www.stonesoupgroup.org or 907-561-3701 for class schedules, registration, and for additional information. Trainings are held at: 307 E Northern Lights, Suite 100

Thread

Focus: Families and child care providers.
Description: Thread staffs a warm-line for families and child care providers, with an early Childhood Development Specialist who can provide individualized child development information, discipline suggestions, or other appropriate supports. The warm-line is a support line around parenting choices and child development issues; they do not provide ongoing counseling: however they will provide referrals to other appropriate agencies if callers are in the midst of a crisis or need more comprehensive social service assistance.
Contact: 907-265-3100 or email info@threadalaska.org. Monday Friday, 9:00 - 5:00

BETHEL

Tundra Women's Coalition (TWC)
No classes offered at the time of publication
Contact: 907- 543-3444

BRISTOL BAY REGION

BBNA Social Services
No classes offered at the time of publication
Contact: 907- 842-4139

CORDOVA

Cordova Family Resource Center (CFRC)

Classes: Group and individual sessions.
Class Schedule: No set schedule call the center for details about registration.
Cost: Free
Contact: 907-424-5674
Location: 705 2nd Street

DELTA JUNCTION

Public Health Office

Class Description: Group and individual sessions.
Class Schedule: No set schedule call the center for details about registration.
Cost: Free
Contact: 907-895-4292
Location: 2857 Alaska Hwy, Room #210 (Jarvis Center)

EAGLE RIVER

Creative Solutions for Families

Classes: Co-Parenting – "Divorce ends the marriage – not the family unit. Working together for our children."
Focus: Help parents navigate through this time with co-parenting skills that help maintain the family unit and decrease unnecessary burden and stress on the children.
Class Description: Classes use curriculum from Children in Between (CIB) and After the Storm (ATS), both developed by the Center for Divorce Education and endorsed nationally by attorneys, judges, psychologists, mediators, and teachers. CIB focuses on educating parents on the effects of divorce on the children. ATS was developed for parents with high conflict, whether married, divorced, or never married. Benefits for parents are learning anger management strategies and developing sensitivities to the effects of their conflict on their children.
Classes Include written materials; Attendees will leave with a list of ideas to apply to their personal situation to make co-parenting more effective; Attendees also receive 1 hour (per family) of post-class Parenting Mediation or Co-Parenting Coaching services to be used within 60 days of attending the course.
Class Schedule: Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka.
Contact Creative Solutions for current scheduling (907) 622-9452 or visit our web site at www.CreativeSolutionsForFamilies.com.
Cost: $150 per person for single 3-4 hour class.
*Longer, more extensive classes are available upon request based on individual need.
Contact: 907-622-9452; CreativeSolutionsForFamilies@gmail.com

EMMONAK

Emmonak Women's Shelter (EWS)

Classes: Parenting classes are offered as a part of the weekly Women's Support Group.
Focus: Healthy parenting lessons for parents of children of all ages.
Class Description: A variety of alternating topics including: Sexual Abuse A Threat to our Children; Family Violence when there's Trouble at Home; Reporting Child Abuse Its Everyone's Responsibility; You Can Prevent Child Abuse; A Parents Guide to Children's Problems.
Class Schedule: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 907-949-1443; P.O. Box 207, Emmonak, AK 99581
Location: Delta Street

FAIRBANKS

Creative Solutions for Families

Classes: Co-Parenting – "Divorce ends the marriage – not the family unit. Working together for our children."
Focus: Help parents navigate through this time with co-parenting skills that help maintain the family unit and decrease unnecessary burden and stress on the children.
Class Description: Classes use curriculum from Children in Between (CIB) and After the Storm (ATS), both developed by the Center for Divorce Education and endorsed nationally by attorneys, judges, psychologists, mediators, and teachers. CIB focuses on educating parents on the effects of divorce on the children. ATS was developed for parents with high conflict, whether married, divorced, or never married. Benefits for parents are learning anger management strategies and developing sensitivities to the effects of their conflict on their children.
Classes Include written materials; Attendees will leave with a list of ideas to apply to their personal situation to make co-parenting more effective; Attendees also receive 1 hour (per family) of post-class Parenting Mediation or Co-Parenting Coaching services to be used within 60 days of attending the course.
Class Schedule: Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka.
Contact Creative Solutions for current scheduling (907) 622-9452 or visit our web site at www.CreativeSolutionsForFamilies.com.
Cost: $150 per person for single 3-4 hour class.
*Longer, more extensive classes are available upon request based on individual need.
Contact: 907-622-9452; CreativeSolutionsForFamilies@gmail.com

Resource Center for Parents and Children (RCPC)

Classes:

Nurturing Fathers
Fathers play such an important role in their children’s lives. This is a class to specifically target the unique issues about being a father. This 9 session class will give fathers an opportunity to learn about how to support their children’s development, as well as talk about parenting as a father.

Scream Free Parenting
Learn how to parent out of your integrity by staying calm, cool, and connected. Learn how to curb your emotional reactivity (whether you blow up, cave in, or check out) so that you can have a relationship with your child and save some of your energy! This class is a four-part series over six weeks.

Scream Free Teen
Learn how to parent out of your integrity by staying calm, cool, and connected. Learn how to curb your emotional reactivity (whether you blow up, cave in, or check out) so that you can have a relationship with your teen and save some of your energy! This class is a four part series over six weeks.

Positive Solutions
Put a positive twist on your parenting! The purpose of this program is to equip you with positive yet effective parenting behaviors and techniques. This results in improved social and emotional development of your child(ren) and clearer, better communication in your family and home.

Strengthening Families
If you are looking for better ways to connect with your kids and strengthen your family’s bond, this is the session for you! Positive, helpful insights, and activities for every family.

Class Schedule: To schedule, call the center for details about registration.
Contact: To pre-register call 907-456-2866 or e-mail parentline@rcpcfairbanks.org ; www.rcpcfairbanks.org.
Location: 726 26th Ave.

HEALY

Railbelt Mental Health

Class Description: Individual sessions only.
Contact: 907-683-2743
Location: Dry Creek Road

JUNEAU

Positive Indian Parenting, Tlingit and Haida Tribal Family & Youth Services

Class Description: Positive Indian Parenting is an 8-week class designed for all American Indian / Alaska Native parents. The class provides a brief, practical, culturally specific training program to explore the values and attitudes expressed in traditional Native American child-rearing practices and then to apply those values to modern skills in parenting. Dinner is provided and door prize drawings will be held on the last day of class!
Class Schedule: Next session will start in January, call for date and time.
Cost:Free
Contact: (907) 463-7360
Location: Andrew Hope Building, 2nd floor conference room, 320 W. Willoughby Ave. Juneau

KENAI / SOLDOTNA

Creative Solutions for Families

Classes: Co-Parenting – "Divorce ends the marriage – not the family unit. Working together for our children."
Focus: Help parents navigate through this time with co-parenting skills that help maintain the family unit and decrease unnecessary burden and stress on the children.
Class Description: Classes use curriculum from Children in Between (CIB) and After the Storm (ATS), both developed by the Center for Divorce Education and endorsed nationally by attorneys, judges, psychologists, mediators, and teachers. CIB focuses on educating parents on the effects of divorce on the children. ATS was developed for parents with high conflict, whether married, divorced, or never married. Benefits for parents are learning anger management strategies and developing sensitivities to the effects of their conflict on their children.
Classes Include written materials; Attendees will leave with a list of ideas to apply to their personal situation to make co-parenting more effective; Attendees also receive 1 hour (per family) of post-class Parenting Mediation or Co-Parenting Coaching services to be used within 60 days of attending the course.
Class Schedule: Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka.
Contact Creative Solutions for current scheduling (907) 622-9452 or visit our web site at www.CreativeSolutionsForFamilies.com.
Cost: $150 per person for single 3-4 hour class.
*Longer, more extensive classes are available upon request based on individual need.
Contact: 907-622-9452; CreativeSolutionsForFamilies@gmail.com

Lee Shore Center

Focus: For women only.
Class Schedule: Call Center for details about registering
Cost: $5 per class - scholarships are available.
Contact: 907- 283-9479
Location: 325 Spruce Street

Peninsula Community Health Services

Classes: Call center for details about registering
Cost: Fees may appy. Call for more information.
Contact: PLL Case Manager 260-5011 or parenting@pchsak.org; Organization: Peninsula Community Health Services 262-3119

KODIAK

Parenting with Love & Limits (PLL) at KANA (Kodiak Area Native Association)

Classes: Parenting with Love & Limits (PLL)
Focus: For all families with youth ages 10 - 17 who exhibit chronic emotional or behavioral red flags.
Class Description: Brief, strategic family therapy teaches specific skills to stop difficult behaviors, repair the parent-child relationship, stop disrespect, create effective limits, and improve communication in the home.
Class Schedule: Offered on a cyclical basis all year - call us for more information.
Cost: Available at no out-of-pocket cost to all Kodiak families.
Contact: PLL Case Manager 486-9811; Organization: Kodiak Area Native Association 486-9800; Kodiak Area Native Association

PALMER

Alaska Family Services

Class Description: Active Parenting Now: Video-based program teaches parents the skills needed to develop courage, responsibility and character in their children. Also demonstrates effective communication and nonviolent discipline techniques.
Class Schedule: 6-week classes.
Cost: $25
Contact: Call 907-746-4080 for info and registration. www.akafs.org
Location: 1825 S. Chugach Street, Palmer, AK 99645

Alaska Mediation Institute

Classes:Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child
Focus: Making two homes for your child(ren) where the parents have a positive co-parenting relationship.
Class Description: This parenting course topics include self-care, parenting plans, mediation, enhancing parenting strengths, healing hurt and hard feelings, managing successful emails, text, meetings, and healthy schedules and transitions. This class is designed with high-conflict parents in mind, however, any divorcing/divorced parent can benefit from the course.
Classes Include: The book, Mom's House, Dad's House and worksheets from The CoParenting Toolkit, snacks and a certificate of completion. Author of both books is Isolina Ricci, Ph.D and the course will be based on the book.
Class Schedule: Go to www.alaskamediation.org for a full schedule of all classes. Classes take place monthly in Wasilla/Palmer and Anchorage. This is a one-time, three (3) hour course. Must register online before the class to ensure enough materials, snacks, and space for all attendees.
Cost: $75.00 (includes a hard copy of the book and worksheets)
Contact: Tayva Taylor at tayva@alaskamediation.org or 907-341-4949. Web address is www.alaskamediation.org.

Creative Solutions for Families - Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka

Classes: Co-Parenting – "Divorce ends the marriage – not the family unit. Working together for our children."
Focus: Help parents navigate through this time with co-parenting skills that help maintain the family unit and decrease unnecessary burden and stress on the children.
Class Description: Classes use curriculum from Children in Between (CIB) and After the Storm (ATS), both developed by the Center for Divorce Education and endorsed nationally by attorneys, judges, psychologists, mediators, and teachers. CIB focuses on educating parents on the effects of divorce on the children. ATS was developed for parents with high conflict, whether married, divorced, or never married. Benefits for parents are learning anger management strategies and developing sensitivities to the effects of their conflict on their children.
Classes Include written materials; Attendees will leave with a list of ideas to apply to their personal situation to make co-parenting more effective; Attendees also receive 1 hour (per family) of post-class Parenting Mediation or Co-Parenting Coaching services to be used within 60 days of attending the course.
Class Schedule: Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka.
Contact Creative Solutions for current scheduling (907) 622-9452 or visit our web site at www.CreativeSolutionsForFamilies.com.
Cost: $150 per person for single 3-4 hour class.
*Longer, more extensive classes are available upon request based on individual need.
Contact: 907-622-9452; CreativeSolutionsForFamilies@gmail.com

SELDOVIA

Seldovia Village Tribes Health Program

Class Schedule: Call Center for details about registering.
Cost: Call Center for details.
Contact: 907- 234-7898
Location: 206 Main St.

SITKA

Creative Solutions for Families - Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka

Classes: Co-Parenting – "Divorce ends the marriage – not the family unit. Working together for our children."
Focus: Help parents navigate through this time with co-parenting skills that help maintain the family unit and decrease unnecessary burden and stress on the children.
Class Description: Classes use curriculum from Children in Between (CIB) and After the Storm (ATS), both developed by the Center for Divorce Education and endorsed nationally by attorneys, judges, psychologists, mediators, and teachers. CIB focuses on educating parents on the effects of divorce on the children. ATS was developed for parents with high conflict, whether married, divorced, or never married. Benefits for parents are learning anger management strategies and developing sensitivities to the effects of their conflict on their children.
Classes Include written materials; Attendees will leave with a list of ideas to apply to their personal situation to make co-parenting more effective; Attendees also receive 1 hour (per family) of post-class Parenting Mediation or Co-Parenting Coaching services to be used within 60 days of attending the course.
Class Schedule: Classes in Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Fairbanks, and Sitka.
Contact Creative Solutions for current scheduling (907) 622-9452 or visit our web site at www.CreativeSolutionsForFamilies.com.
Cost: $150 per person for single 3-4 hour class.
*Longer, more extensive classes are available upon request based on individual need.
Contact: 907-622-9452; CreativeSolutionsForFamilies@gmail.com

UNALASKA

Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (USAFV)

Classes: No scheduled parenting classes. Books and other educational materials available at the center.
Contact: 907- 581-1500
Location: W. Broadway Unalaska, AK 99685

UTQIAGVIK

Arctic Women-in-Crisis (AWIC)

Classes: Nurturing Parenting Curriculum
Focus: Nurturing Parenting is a process that involves: having the right attitude to want to try a new behavior; having the right knowledge to be able to understand the importance of a new behavior; and having the right skills to be able to do the new behavior.
Class Description: 15 sessions divided into 3 sections; Section 1: Parents learn how to incorporate nurturing parenting into their families; Section 2: Parents embark on a journey of self-discovery and complete self-growth exercises; Section 3: Parents practice their new skills, knowledge and attitudes and review homework assignments.
Class Schedule: Call Center for details about registering.
Cost: Free
Contact: 907-852-0261 Surrounding communities are able to call in: Anaktuvak Pass, Atqasuk, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, and Wainwright.

VALDEZ

Valdez Counseling Center Providence Hospital

Classes: Love and Logic
Class Description: This unique approach unlocks the secrets of successful parenting. Participants will learn the specific "how-to's" of successful parenting.
Class Schedule: 6 week class for 1.5 hours each week. Call for class schedule and registration information.
Cost: $45.00 scholarship available with donation of $10 for workbook.
Contact: 907- 835-2838
Location: 911 Meals Avenue Valdez, AK 99686

WASILLA

Alaska Family Services

Classes: Classes are offered through Alaska Family Services in Palmer
Class Description: Active Parenting Now: Video-based program teaches parents the skills needed to develop courage, responsibility and character in their children. Also demonstrates effective communication and nonviolent discipline techniques.
Class Schedule: 6 weeks, call Center for details.
Cost: Fees may apply, contact Center for details
Contact: Call 907-746-4080 for info and registration. www.akafs.org
Location: Classes conducted in Palmer at 1825 S. Chugach St., Palmer, AK

Alaska Mediation Institute

Classes:Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child
Focus: Making two homes for your child(ren) where the parents have a positive co-parenting relationship.
Class Description: This parenting course topics include self-care, parenting plans, mediation, enhancing parenting strengths, healing hurt and hard feelings, managing successful emails, text, meetings, and healthy schedules and transitions. This class is designed with high-conflict parents in mind, however, any divorcing/divorced parent can benefit from the course.
Classes Include: The book, Mom's House, Dad's House and worksheets from The CoParenting Toolkit, snacks and a certificate of completion. Author of both books is Isolina Ricci, Ph.D and the course will be based on the book.
Class Schedule: Go to www.alaskamediation.org for a full schedule of all classes. Classes take place monthly in Wasilla/Palmer and Anchorage. This is a one-time, three (3) hour course. Must register online before the class to ensure enough materials, snacks, and space for all attendees.
Cost: $75.00 (includes a hard copy of the book and worksheets)
Contact: Tayva Taylor at tayva@alaskamediation.org or 907-341-4949. Web address is www.alaskamediation.org.

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