ACECC Parent Education Opportunities

The following is a list of training offered throughout the year.


Incredible Years

Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council in Partnership with Invest In Kids offers the Incredible Years Training Series for Parents.

This free 14-week parent group follows the evidence based Incredible Years® (IY) curriculum, offering a group setting where parents can learn strategies and skills known to promote children’s social competence and reduce behavior problems.  Receive support from IY trained co-leaders and fellow parents through group discussions, problem solving, and idea sharing

*This free class includes dinner and childcare


The Nurturing Father's Program

The Nurturing Father's Program is a 13-week group based curriculum for developing attitudes and skills for male nurturance.  Each class provides proven and effective skills for healthy family relationships and child development.

Program activities address:

  • The Roots of Fathering
  • Nurturing Sons/Fathering Daughters
  • Discipline
  • Play
  • Balancing Work & Fathering
  • The Father I choose to be
  • and much, much, more!

*This free class includes dinner and childcare


The Nurturing Parenting Program

The Nurturing Parenting Program is a 12 week parenting education program that focuses on nurturing as a lifestyle. 

Learn and grow with your child!

Each week, you’ll explore a different topic, including responsibility, discipline, self-care, empathy and child development. You’ll have a chance to share experiences with other parents and gain an awareness of how past experience has formed your attitudes about parenting. Building relationships with other parents can be supportive and fun and it helps to you know you are not alone! Learning to nurture yourself can help you provide even better care to your child.

You Play an Important Role in Helping Your Child Discover the World!

Topics covered include:

  • Appropriate Expectations
  • Child Development
  • Discipline and Behavior Guidance
  • Developing Family Morals and Rules
  • Redirection
  • Toilet Training
  • Stress Management
  • and much, much, more!

*This free class includes dinner and childcare


Strengthening Families

BRINGING THE PROTECTIVE FACTORS FRAMEWORK TO LIFE IN YOUR FAMILY – A RESOURCE FOR ACTION

This curriculum includes new materials on partnering with child care providers and addresses promising strategies to strengthen families. There are 7 courses:

  • Introduction to the Protective Factors
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Social and Emotional Competence
  • Moving from Knowledge to Action: Wrap-up Course

In conjunction with The National Alliance in Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds

This series of seven classes is offered for $10.


Community Parent Education Opportunities 


Arapahoe County Department of Human Services

The Arapahoe County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) offers a variety of training throughout the year.  Training topics include:


Strengthening Working Families Initiative

The Strengthening Working Families Initiative grant (“SWFI”), in partnership with the US Department of Labor, allows the Community College of Aurora to help parents access jobs in high demand industries (Healthcare, Information Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing), while addressing a common barrier parents face, childcare.   The grant will run for 4 years (July 2016 thru June 2020) and offers a sustainable solution for a family seeking independence and self-sufficiency.  We pair the students with:  A bridge program to prepare them for college level courses; an Achievement coach to help them navigate challenges to the higher education process and expectations; A Childcare Navigator to address their childcare needs; and the Career Advisor to assist with the job placement process.  All of these services are provided at little to no cost to the student.