Raising Healthy Chldren

Parent Education Workshops

UFSS - Raising Healthy Children family supportStrengthening families is a major focus of the Raising Healthy Children program in Bedford County. Each county school district is employing a family support facilitator to help coordinate parenting education programs and work with parents and parent groups throughout the year. The project also has numerous community partners who support the project with donations.

Each parent education program is designed to be informal, interactive and help parents support their children to become successful adults while strengthening their families. Each program runs two hours, one evening a week for five weeks. Food is served at each session; child care is provided for school-aged children and incentives such as door prizes are offered for parents who participate. Each session is facilitated by trained leaders assisted by the local family support facilitator. Parents are encouraged to attend workshops in their own districts, however if the day/time for workshops in your district is not convenient, you may attend a workshop in another county school district. E-mail for the current schedule of workshops in your district. The programs are:

Supporting School Success (for parents of primary grade students - K-3). Both parents and their primary grade children are invited to attend. Children will engage in "Kids Kamp" while parents are in workshops; they all come together for activities at the end of each session.

  • Initiating conversations with teachers about children’s learning
  • Supporting learning through play
  • Helping children develop math and reading skills
  • Creating a home environment to support learning
  • Communicating with your child
  • Developing a home learning routines

Guiding Good Choices (for parents of middle-level students - targeted to families with children ages 9-14, but may be useful and is open for families with older children)

  • Creating opportunities for children to contribute to the family
  • Practicing refusal skills with children
  • Using self-control skills to reduce family conflict
  • Establishing a no-use family policy on drugs

Raising Healthy Children (for parents of primary grade students - K-3)