Parenting Classes

KVCAP offers a suite of parenting and enrichment classes. Browse below to see our full listing.  For class details, Click here for the Kennebec Spring 2021 schedule. Click here to view the Somerset Spring 2021 schedule. Click here to view the Family Enrichment Council brochure.

The First Five Years

In this series of 4 classes you will learn discipline methods that work, how to prevent tantrums, establishing routines to make life easier, and much more. This class is designed for parents of children from birth-age 5.

Active Parenting Now

This series of six classes combines video, activities and discussion to help parents raise responsible children who are able to resist negative peer pressure. Designed for parents of children ages 5 to 12, the program also demonstrates non-violent discipline techniques and effective encouragement skills.

Prenatal Nurturing

The Prenatal program addresses the current issues faced by couples expecting a child including the use of prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy; the relationship between healthy pregnancies and proper nutrition; the effects of stress on the baby; ways to keep a healthy sexual relationship; and issues of body image, weight gain and brain development during pregnancy. This program is 9 sessions

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce

This video-based 8-week program gives divorcing or separating parents the power to make positive changes that shield their children from parental conflict and guides them into establishing a long-term relationship with the child’s other parents.

  • Educates parents on the impact their conflict has on their children
  • Explains children’s issues in divorce
  • Teaches parents the practical skills they need to manage anger, increase impulse control, resolve conflict and talk to each other without arguing
  • Is designed to be the “next step” for parents in counties that require divorce seminars.

Community Nurturing Parenting

This is a free 10-week program tailored to meet the needs and learning styles of anyone parenting a child! The classes focus on and explain:

  • Philosophy and Practices of Nurturing
  • Ages and Stages of Growth : Infants/Toddlers
  • Ways to Enhance Positive Brain Development : Children/Teens
  • Communicating with Respect
  • Building Self-worth
  • Understanding Feelings
  • Understanding and Developing Family Morals, Values and Rules
  • Praising Children and Their Behavior
  • Alternatives to Spanking
  • Learning Positive Ways to Deal with Stress and Anger

The Nurturing Fathers Program

A 13-week program tailored to meet the needs and learning styles of any man parenting a child!

The class focuses on the value of fathers and explains:

  • The Roots of Fathering
  • Nurturing Our Children and Ourselves
  • Fathering Sons/Fathering Daughters
  • Discipline Without Violence
  • Play
  • Managing Anger/Resolving Conflict
  • Teamwork with Spouse/Partner
  • Communication/Problem Solving
  • Balancing Work and Fathering
  • Cultural Influences
  • Dealing with Feelings
  • The Father I Choose to Be

Kids First Program Supporting Families of Separation and Divorce

A one-day, four-hour workshop, designed to help parents address problems and decrease the negative effects of divorce. Topics will include:

  • Children’s needs as the marital and family roles change
  • The effects of divorce on children and children’s reaction to divorce
  • Making decisions about parenting arrangements
  • Dealing with conflict without involving children
  • Helping children adjust to differences between households

Click Here To View The 2020 Kids First Brochure

New! Nurturing Parent – Families in Substance Abuse Recovery

Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery focuses on the effects of substance abuse on families, parenting, and the parent-child relationship.
Combining experiential and didactic exercises, the approach is designed to enhance parents’ self-awareness and thereby increase their capacity to understand their children.
It is designed to be implemented in a 17-week program, with each session being 90 minutes.

Click Here to View the Flyer

Maine Children’s Trustmaine children's trust logo

A statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect. Click here to view the website.

Keeping Kids Safe In Cyberspace

While the Internet can be a valuable educational tool, it exposes children to dangers and security risks. Fortunately, there is so much that parents can do to help their children stay safe when accessing the web. Click here for a resource developed for parents to understand these risks and what steps to take in order to minimize them.

For more information and to pre-register for any of the classes listed above please contact:

For Kennebec County:
Emily Buckhalter at 859-1514 or
Jenny Freundlich at 859-1580 or

For Somerset County:
Kristen Plummer at 859-2520 or
Anne Osolinski at 859-2521 or