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Parent Education Programs
VCE Parent Education Program Update: All our Parent Education Program classes are being held virtually!
We are accepting registrations and referrals for the following virtual classes via Zoom platform:
Click here to register or for more information

General Parenting Classes:

  • Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Young Child: Mondays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (April 5 - May 17, 2021) 7 weeks.  This session is closed for new registrations.  New session dates will be posted soon.
  • Systematic Training for Effective Parenting School Age: Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (May 25 - July 6, 2021) 7 weeks.  
  • Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Spanish: Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (April 6 - May 18, 2021) 7 weeks.  This session is closed for new registrations.  New session dates will be posted soon.

Anger Management Classes:

  • When Families Get Angry Spanish: Thursdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (April 8 - April 22, 2021) 3 weeks.  New session dates will be posted soon.
  • When Families Get Angry: Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (May 4 - May 18, 2021) 3 weeks

Juvenile Justice Parenting Program:

  • Juvenile Justice Parenting Program: Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (May 25 - July 13, 2021) 8 weeks
  • Juvenile Justice Parenting Program Spanish: Mondays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (April 19 - June 16, 2021) 8 weeks
Our team of staff and instructors are STILL working for you and available by email, fax and phone.  Please call us at 703-792-6288, email or fax 703-792-4630 with your questions or concerns.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg

If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please call 703.792.6289/TDD 800.828.1120

Parenting during COVID-19 

The VCE Parent Education Team hopes you and your family are staying safe and healthy during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Our mission is to provide information, tools, and techniques necessary to help you make healthy and effective parenting choices as you lead your children.  Whether you’re raising toddlers or teens, you’ll find resources to help you embrace each new day with tools and techniques to support you through this historical journey. We have assembled a collection of helpful resources for parents and caregivers during these unprecedented times.


What are some activities my kids can do during quarantine that can alleviate stress?

VCE PARENT ED:  Your children can keep their own journal, reflecting/recording their thoughts and experiences of living through the quarantine and coronavirus pandemic.  Journaling is a great therapeutic tool that helps with the expression of feelings and emotions.  Children can either write in a journal or make a visual art journal.  Journaling can be done every day or as often as they like.  Both are great ways to help express, process and reflect on all the different emotions they might be dealing with during this time.

Responses are based on the Virginia Cooperative Extension, other Extension resources, research based Systematic Training For Effective Parenting philosophy, and shared ideas.

Submit your parenting questions to
Parent Education Program Frequently Asked Questions:
Referrals & Registrations: YES, please continue to refer parents, guardians and caregivers to a future parenting class.  A member of our team will follow up directly with referred and interested individual(s) to confirm registration.
New Classes: Additional classes may be added based on demand and staff availability.
This is a tough time for parents and caregivers. Use and share the resources available in English and Spanish as a tool to help you discover new ways to engage with your children and family during these intense times.  Here are just a few that the Parent Education Team have found helpful:
World Health Organization- Six One-Page Tip Sheets
. Help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES | The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William
Prince William County’s “Manage Anxiety & Stress” during COVID-19

Prince William County Public Schools: To-go meals will be provided to all children under the age of 18 present at the time of service, without charge, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service. 
Service Times: Monday- Friday* 9-10 a.m.
Service Style: To-go Meals served at the front door of each location
Meal Types: Packaged breakfast and lunch will be served at the same time
COMMUNITY FEEDING TASKFORCE: Anyone in the Greater Prince William Region in need of food can call our Helpline 703-794-4668 9am - 4pm.  Agents will help callers connect with their nearest food pantry or assist with scheduling a Direct Delivery if they have an emergency food need and have no transportation or can't leave their homes for health reasons.  Callers from Manassas Park will be redirected to the MP Helpline.  Callers over 65 will be redirected to ACTS/NVFS HRC to register for Direct Delivery.
We care deeply about your emotional well-being.  If  you or student needs emotional support during this time, please contact one of the resources listed below. For your student, please send an e-mail to
.  A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer non-emergency virtual support to students to the best of their ability.  If a student is in an emergency situation call 911 and  utilize one of the resources listed below:
Emergency Resources:
ACTS Helpline                                              703.368.4141
1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)                 1.800.784.2433
Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)             741741  
PWC Child Protective Services Hotline        703.792.4200
PWC Community Services Board                 703.792.7800

Parenting is the most important job we will ever have and yet we get very little training to prepare us.

Consider a Parenting Class if:

  • You find yourself yelling more than laughing with your children...

  • You want to know more about the next stage in their development...

  • You’re getting no cooperation at home...

  • You’re concerned about your child’s self-image...

  • You’re looking for new ways to work together as a family...

  • You want some new discipline techniques...

Virginia Cooperative Extension parenting classes offers you an opportunity to discuss practical, realistic approaches to the challenges of parenting. In a group with parents who share similar concerns, you are supported and encouraged in your efforts to parent effectively.

All of our leaders are parents. They have participated in one of the parenting classes and completed an extensive training program that prepares them to present new skills and ideas while facilitating the group.

For more information on our programs, click on the link below that best fits your interest.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability and require auxiliary aids services or other accommodations for a workshop or meeting please discuss your accommodation needs at least five days prior to the event with Virginia Cooperative Extension 703-792-6289/TDD PC 1-800-828-1120.


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