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Parenting Classes

Local resources to help parents, caregivers, children and families

CACS Head Start and Early Head Start

Capital Area Community Services, Inc.
Head Start and Early Head Start
101 E. Willow Avenue
Lansing, MI  48906
(517) 482-1504
Proud Fathers Program: An 8-week parenting course for fathers (grandfathers, stepfathers, and very important males). This program will help strengthen the significant role that fathers and very important males play in the successful development of their children. Includes free meals, child care, and a gift for course completion.
Reflections: An interactive program designed to empower women to approach their life and that of their family in a proactive manner. Women celebrate womanhood and discuss topics such as self-care, goal setting, dressing for success.
Sweet Dreamzzz:  Parents learn about bedtime essentials and take home tools necessary to help get their children a good night’s sleep.
Ready! For Kindergarten:  Parents learn strategies and take home tools to help prepare their children for success in school.
Other class topics include Love and Logic Parenting classes, Establishing Rules and Routine, and more. See website or contact the office for program schedules.
Eligibility: Be a parent or caregiver of a child enrolled in the Head Start (preschool) or Early Head Start (home based or center based) programs or an interested community member.
Contact: Sharon Rogers at (517) 999-2730 or

Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS)

Child and Family Services
4287 Five Oaks Drive
Lansing, MI  48911
(517) 882-4000
Description:  A division of the Child and Family Services, CAPS provides a variety of support services and parent education classes to single parents and families in Ingham County.
Parenting Classes: Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, Stress Management, and other relevant topics.
Eligibility: For parents of children of all ages.
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Contact: Rachael Prosen at (517) 484-8444 or

Cristo Rey Community Center

1717 N. High Street
Lansing, MI  48906
(517) 372-4700
Open Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m.
Family Nurturing Program (Parent Program): A 10-week parenting program for parents of infants, toddlers and young children (ages 0 – 8 years). Topics include healthy communication, how to address different stages of development, positive discipline. Classes are ongoing throughout the year and participants may begin at any time. Classes are Mondays (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), (2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.), (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). Cost is $10 per class or is free with a DHS worker referral. A CATA bus (Route 10, Stop #4045) stops right outside the center.
Eligibility: Open to all parents of infants, toddlers and young children (ages 0 – 8 years).
Roots and Wings:  A parent and teen (ages 9 -16 years) program that helps strengthen families by teaching them how to build healthy and clear communication skills. Classes meet Wednesday nights from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and are FREE! Please call to register. A CATA bus (Route 10, Stop #4045) stops right outside the center.
Eligibility:  Open to all parents of teens and teens (ages 9-16 years).
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Contact: Kimberle Kwasnick at (517) 372-4700 x140

Eaton Intermediate School District

1790 East Packard Highway
Charlotte, MI  48813
(517) 541-8711 or (517) 541-8760
Parenting Classes: Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, Family Nurturing (for parents of infants, toddlers and young children), Proud Fathers.
Eligibility: Open to all parents and caregivers in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties.
Contact: Jodi Anthony at  or (517) 541-8765

Willow Tree Family Center

3333 S. Pennsylvania Avenue; Ste 101
Lansing, MI  48910
(586) 806-WTFC (9832)
Description: Willow Tree Family Center is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to growing strong, empowered families by providing support groups and educational services for pregnancy, birth and beyond.
On-going Classes: Baby Sign, Love and Logic, Breastfeeding, Infant Care, Preschool Nutrition, Child Development Series – Ages and Stages, Choosing a Preschool, and more
Eligibility: Open to all parents and caregivers.
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