PARENTING PROGRAMS

SJPC's goal is to equip parents with education to change unhealthy parenting patterns and to foster healthy ones in an effort to decrease the incidence of child abuse and neglect.

 

SJPC parenting classes provide parents of children, from birth to age twelve, with the knowledge and tools to be more caring and productive people, parents, and members of society. 

In additional to our classes, we  provide ongoing case management,  connections to community resources, incentives and hot meals. 

 

This is an open enrollment program for all parents, mothers, and fathers. It offers 28 different parenting classes offered in both English and Spanish. 

  • For Moms and Dads with children ages 0-12 years old

  • Open enrollment (join classes at any time of the year)

  • Initial assessment with a case manager (1-1.5 hrs) 

  • 28 (2 hour) parenting classes taught in English and in Spanish 

  • Ongoing case management *

  • Behavior & Discipline 

  • Bonding & Child Development

  • The Effect of Media on Children

  • An Overview of Learning Disabilities 

  • Self Esteem & Successful Parenting

  • Health & First Aid: Child 

  • Home & Child Safety 

  • Nutrition & Healthy Living

  • The Importance of Fathers

  • Understanding Sexual Abuse & Assault 

  • Understanding Substance Abuse 

  • Abuse and Violence in the Home: The Effect on Children

  • Anger Management 

  • Effective Communication 

  • Singe & Co-Parenting

  • Legal Issues 

  • Budget & Time Management

  • Children's Mental Health 

English Class  -  Monday, 10AM -12 Noon or  Wednesday, 6-8 PM

Spanish Class - Tuesday, 10AM -12 Noon or  Wednesday, 6-8 PM

Men's Parenting  Program

A unique and innovative fatherhood support group.

The 24/7 Dad program -  a 12 week program that meets once a week developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative .  This program focuses on the important role Dads play in their children's lives. 

  • Exclusive to Dads with children of ALL ages 

  • 12 (2 hour) classes taught in English and NOW in Spanish also

  • Closed Sessions for up to 15 Dads

  • Initial assessment with a case manager (1-1.5 hrs) 

  • Option to take the General Parenting  classes at the same time 

  • Family History

  • What It Means to Be a Man

  • Showing & Handling Feelings

  • Men's Health

  • Communication

  • The Father's Role

  • Discipline

  • Children's Growth

  • Getting Involved

  • Working with Mom

  • Dads & Work

DAD Class Schedule

 

English Class  -  Wednesday, 6-8 PM

Support Services 

Each client who comes to SJPC is unique - individualized case management is offered to all parents in English and Spanish. Needs are assessed at intake and referrals to employment programs, legal assistance, educational supports for children, counseling, and housing assistance are made on an as needed basis. Basic needs such as food, clothing, and personal care products for the family are either given as incentive gifts or are referred out to other providers. 

 

Our case workers stay in contact with our clients, even if they are not attending classes, to ensure that they feel a connection to SJPC and are receiving the help that their family needs. 

Our Reward to Parents. Incentives...

At SJPC we reward both participation and achievement.

 

At each class, parents are given a meal and a bag of groceries to bring home to their family.  Sharing a meal with other parents and instructors is intentional.  We work to foster bonds with other parents,  members of the community, and SJPC staff and volunteers.   

 

Incentives are always geared toward the child. At the completion of 10 classes, parents may choose a small incentive for their child such as books, an activity backpack, or diapers and wipes. Upon completion of 20 classes, parents may choose a larger incentive gift such as a car seat, stroller, youth bed, or desk.  

 
 
 
 

Yes, I'd Like To Come For  Free Classes!

Great. Give us a call and talk to our program coordinators. They will be happy to tell you about upcoming classes. Our coordinators speak Spanish and English.  (203) 588-1934

 

Osvaldo

Father of an 8-year-old daughter

& 10-year-old son​

  We were very blessed for the help we have received from SJPC. It was just what we needed but never expected. They always seem to know the perfect time to give advice, engage in conversation, offer help, directions and instructions, and mentor us as well.

Roberto Martinez y Sayra Flores

Gracias a los integrantes de Saint Joseph Parenting Center. Sus talleres nos han ayudado a ser mejores Padres y Formar una mejor educacion en nuestro hijo de 5 anos.

Mary

SJPC helped me to get back on my feet upon losing custody of  my children. Now I am reunited with my children after dealing with my own substance abuse issues. 

 
 

Partnerships 

SJPC works closely with numerous organizations and the Department of Children and Families  in Fairfield County to serve parents and their children.  We are part of the Stamford Cradle to Career initiative and the Boys and Girls Club provides our childcare services.  Other fomal partnerships of note are : 

Center for Sexual Assault 

In a partnership with the Center for Sexual Assault. We offer a  Women's support group in English and Spanish.  This support group is held two - three time a year and are 12 week closed sessions. The focus is upon women's empowerment and serves as a complement to our General Parenting program and support services.  

Malta House 

We provide the parenting education classes for all the mothers at Malta House in Norwalk. Since we began that program, over 80 mothers have participated in these classes. Our partnership has helped them find housing and employment and nurture the bond between mother  and child.  Call us to find out more: 203-588-1924.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy  Center 

We have a CPAC representative on site to help parents of children with special needs navigate the education system for their family.  During our learning differences  classes, parents find they may have additional questions and the CPAC liaison is on site at SJPC to help. 

Yerwood Center

90 Fairfield Avenue

Stamford CT 06902

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