The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council of Kennebec County will offer the following free parenting programs.

• Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is a video-based eight-week program that provides divorcing or separating parents the power to make positive changes that can shield their children from parental conflict and guides them into establishing a long-term relationship with the child’s other parents. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Dec. 5, at Cony High School.

• Community Nurturing Parenting is a 10-session program tailored to meet the needs and learning styles of anyone parenting a child. The classes focus on various topics such as stages of growth for infants/toddlers, brain development in children and teens, communication, dealing with stress and more. Classes will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 6 through, Dec. 6, at KVCAP on Water Street in Waterville.

• Nurturing Fathers is a 13-session program tailored to meet the needs and learning styles of any male parenting a child. The class will focus on and explains: the roots of fathering, nurturing children and self, positive discipline methods, managing anger and resolving conflict, teamwork with partner, balancing work and fathering, and more. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 13 through Dec. 6, at Educare Central Maine in Waterville.

• Active Parenting Now: the class will focus on handling daily parenting challenges. The class is a six-session video and discussion program for parents and care providers of children ages 5-12. This program is designed to help raise responsible children by using effective discipline techniques and encouragement skills. Classes will be held in two locations: Winslow Public Library from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 20; and in Gardiner (location to be determined) from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 6 through Dec. 11.

The First Five Years: In this series of four classes participants can learn discipline methods that work, how to prevent tantrums, establishing routines to make life easier, and more. This class is designed for parents of children from birth-age to 5. Classes will be held in three locations: Messalonskee High School from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 25 through Oct. 23; KVCAP on Water Street in Waterville from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 29 through Dec. 20; and at the Webster Center in Augusta from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 7 through Nov. 28.

For more information or to register for classes, contact Emily Buckhalter at 859-1514 or [email protected] or Deb Rich at 859-1580 or [email protected].

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