UPDATE! Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Children’s Trust and its partners are offering free Parent Club workshops online. To register for a virtual workshop, click Register for Workshop Near You below, check dates and connect through the link at the appropriate day and time.
What is the Parent Club?
The Children’s Trust has partnered with local parenting experts and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) to offer FREE, countywide workshops on relevant topics about raising children that are successful, healthy, and happy. At each 90-minute workshop, caregivers may receive free childcare for children 3-12 years old, a snack, and entry into a raffle drawing with the completion of a short post-workshop survey.
Workshops are available in English, Spanish, and Creole, during flexible hours, including afternoon, evening and weekends, as well as in convenient locations. The goal of The Parent Club is to maximize reach to large groups of parents who could benefit from the parenting information that is based on the latest research.
Please note: Following the CDC, Florida Department of Health and Social Distancing guidelines, all live Parent Club workshops have been canceled until further notice. We invite you to register for our new virtual workshops and visit our COVID-19 resource page for tips and updates on how to battle this virus.
- Parents or Caregivers with Children up to 12 Years
The Children’s Trust Parent Club workshop series for parents of children up to 12 years old consists of six topics. Workshops do not need to be attended in sequential order and parents may attend one or all the topics offered. Each workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes. They are designed to be an interactive brief introduction to effective parenting strategies to try at home. Below is the list of workshop topics and descriptions:
In this workshop, parents are introduced to the five key principles of positive parenting that form the basis of Triple P. These principles are:
- Ensuring a safe engaging environment
- Creating a positive learning environment
- Using assertive discipline
- Having reasonable expectations
- Looking after yourself as a parent
Raising Confident, Competent Children
In this workshop, parents are introduced to six core building blocks for children to become confident and successful at school and beyond. These competencies are:
- Showing respect to others
- Being considerate
- Having good communication and social skills
- Having healthy self-esteem
- Being a good problem solver
- Becoming independent
Raising Resilient Children
In this workshop, parents are introduced to six core building blocks for children to manage their feelings and become resilient in dealing with life stress. These competencies are:
- Recognizing and accepting feelings
- Expressing feelings appropriately
- Building a positive outlook
- Developing coping skills
- Dealing with negative feelings
- Dealing with stressful life events
The Building Blocks of Positive Parenting
In this workshop, parents are introduced to the five key principles of positive parenting that form the basis of Positive Parenting. These are:
- Daily play-time with your child
- Letting your child lead the play
- Catching your child being good
- Letting go of the little things
- Having reasonable expectations
The Building Blocks of Good Behavior
In this workshop, parents are introduced to the six core building blocks of calm and effective child behavior management for children to become confident and successful at school and beyond. These are:
- Using clear directives that work
- Acknowledging and praising good listening
- Using calm, effective consequences
- Following through consistently, every time
- Using directives only when necessary
- Using directives across settings
The Building Blocks of Child Development
In this workshop, parents are introduced to five core areas for child development and when to seek additional support. These are:
- Learning and Problem Solving
- Social and Emotional Development (Friends and Feelings)
- Speech and Language Development (Talking and Understanding)
- Physical Development (Motor Skills)
- Learn the Signs and Act Early!
- Parents or Caregivers with Teenagers up to 16 Years
The Children’s Trust Parent Club workshop series for parents of teens consists of three topics. Workshops do not need to be attended in sequential order and parents may attend one or all the topics offered. Each workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes. They are designed to be an interactive brief introduction to effective parenting strategies to try at home. See below a list of topics:
Raising Responsible Teenagers
In this workshop, parents are introduced to the six key elements of teenagers becoming responsible and specific ideas about how to teach and encourage each of the following skills:
- Taking part in family decision-making
- Being respectful and considerate
- Getting involved in family activities
- Developing a healthy lifestyle
- Being reliable
- Being assertive
Raising Competent Teenagers
In this workshop, parents are introduced to six aspects of teenagers becoming confident and successful in school and the community. Parents are given specific ideas to teach and encourage the following:
- Developing self-discipline
- Establishing good routines
- Getting involved in school activities
- Being a good problem solver
- Following school rules
- Having supportive friends
Getting Teenagers Connected
In this workshop, parents are introduced to different aspects of teaching their teenagers to develop supportive friendships and become engaged in appropriate social and recreational groups and activities in the wider community. Parents are given specific ideas about teaching their teenagers the following skills:
- Being confident
- Being socially skilled
- Planning ahead
- Meeting commitments
- Keeping in contact
- Taking care of others
- Request a Workshop
If you couldn’t find a convenient time or location in the workshop calendar and would like to host a workshop topic or series for a group of 15 or more parents, click here to submit a workshop request form. You will be contacted within 2 business days from your submission by the designated partner agency.
Please be aware that certain requirements apply and not all requests to host a workshop will be granted. Below are some of the requirements but other restrictions may apply.
- Seating, for the number of parents expected which must exceed 15, must be provided.
- Layout must allow for connecting a laptop, projector, and/or speaker, as well as set up of a projector screen facing the audience.
Parents must agree to:
- register online
- stay for the full 90-minute workshop
- complete a brief post workshop survey
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