Centers for Youth and Families

Centers for Youth and Families

The Parent Center

The Parent Center

Parenting Classes

Prevention Services

Parent Resources

Whether you are a new parent, single parent, experienced Mom or Dad facing some new issues, married parents, divorced parents, grandparents, foster parents, or a soon-to-be parents with lots of questions, The Parent Center at Centers for Youth and Families is here to equip you for your most most important job of parenting.

Since children aren't born with handbooks, The Parent Center at Centers for Youth & Families wants to be your go-to resource for guiding helping you child through their emotional, social, and developmental milestones. Some of these milestones may involve more advanced emotional and behavioral needs. Our classes and team of educators are here to help you and your children wherever you are on your journey from infancy to the teenage years.

Beginning over forty years ago as a community project of the Junior League of Little Rock, The Parent Center became it's own stand-alone non-profit focusing on the pressing issues facing parents from all walks of life. In 1987, The Parent Center came under the umbrella of Centers for Youth and Families to offer prevention serverices and continue community outreach to build stronger families within central Arkansas.

Today, The Parent Center offers Parenting Education Classes and an Online Parent Resource Library. Through our Prevention Services Teams, we reach expecting and new parents in our Healthy Families America Home Visiting Program and educate youth on making responsible life choices through our Personal Responsiblity Education Program for tweens and teens.

We hope to help your family grow and thrive by giving you the tools you need to be the best parent you can be. Our parent education curriculum includes evening classes, as well as lunch and learn classes.

We are available to provide private classes/workshops on a contract basis for your group or organization!We welcome the opportunity to meet with your school, church, or small group of friends who desire to become better parents. Please contact us to find out more about these services. We hope to help your family grow through parental participation in a class.

Click on a class title below for a full description, dates, and times.

ACTIVE PARENTING For Family Stabilization: Divorce and Separation Class

This class is for parents who are required to take a court ordered or DHS recommended parenting class. In addition to teaching basic parenting skills, this one time, two-hour class focuses on how children are affected by divorce and separation. Topics covered include co-parenting skills, parenting styles, problems solving, anger management, communication and coping skills for both parents and children. This 2 hour class is hosted once a month. Cost is $10 per class.

January 8, 6-8pm

February 5, 6-8pm

March 5, 6-8pm

April 2, 6-pm

May 7, 6-8pm

ACTIVE PARENTING for family stabilization: Trauma and Reunification Class

ACTIVE PARENTING For Family Stabilization: Trauma and Reunification Class

This class is for parents who are required to take a court ordered or DHS recommended parenting class.

This one time, two-hour class teaches basic parenting skills to parents who have been separated from their children and need support before, during, and after family reunification. Topics covered will include: parenting styles, teaching responsibility, cooperation, respect, problem-solving, anger management, coping skills, for parents and children, and effective communication skills. This 2 hour class is hosted once a month. Cost is $10 per class.

January 22, 6-8pm

February 12, 6-8pm

March 12, 6-8pm

April 9, 6-8pm

May 14, 6-8pm



Learn how to set limits, reduce power struggles, and understand your strong willed child in this 4-week class. Parents will learn to recognize what triggers misbehavior and how to foster a relationship that will make their child more compliant. This class is geared toward children ages 4-18. Cost is $40

January 11, 10am - Noon
January 18, 10am - Noon
January 25, 10am- Noon
Febraury 1, 10am- Noon

Instructor: Beth McAlpine



Instructor: Wendy Wood Cost is $60 for this six week course.

No dates are scheduled for this class.

If you are with a school or group interested in this course for on-site instruction, please contact us at 666-8686 ext 3202



Designed for parents of children age 4 years + with an ADHD diagnosis. This class helps parents gain a better understanding of ADHD and learn proven strategies to help the behavior and attend of a child diagnosed with ADHD. Instructor: Beth McAlpine This class is offered as either a Lunch & Learn four week course or an evening three week course. Cost is $40

Evening: February 21, 6pm - 8pm
Evening: February 28, 6pm - 8pm
Evening: March 7, 6-8pm - 8pm



For parents of children ages 5 through eighteen. In this five-week course you will learn the “love and logic” approach to encouraging mutual respect, good decision-making and responsible behavior. This is a six week course. Instructor: Wendy Wood Cost is $60.

January 11, 6-8pm

January 18, 6-8pm

January 25, 6-8pm

February 1, 6-8pm

February 8, 6-8pm

February 15, 6-8pm

Strengthening Your Stepfamily 

Strengthening Your Stepfamily

This three week class helps families understand the changes and feelings children experience as their family dynamics change. Topics covered include effective communication and coping skills, recreating roles and relationships, establishing sound discipline, co-parenting, and sibling relationships. This is a THREE WEEK LUNCH & LEARN course. Lunch is not provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own lunch while attending.

Instructor: Beth McAlpine.

Cost is $30

January 9 6-8pm

January 16 6-8pm

January 23 6-8pm



For parents of children ages 0-5. This course will help parents teach respect, responsibility, and self-discipline to their kids from the beginning. Topics covered will include whining, arguing, bedtime and morning routines, sibling battles, and power struggles. Cost: $50 per family

March 28 6-8pm

April 4, 6-8pm

April 11, 6-8pm

April 18, 6-8pm

Anger Management

Winter Evening Course: February 19, February 26, and March 8 will meet 6-8pm

Spring Day Class: March 8, April 16, and April 24 will meet 10am - 12pm

CFYF Healthy Families

Centers for Youth and Families Healthy Families Home Visiting Program offers family-focused, culturally relevant services that are primarily home-based. Home visits are provided regularly to expectant parents and parents with new infants and young children until the child reaches the age of three. The parents we serve are facing challenges such as single parenthood; low income; childhood history of abuse and other adverse child experiences; and current or previous issues related to substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or domestic violence. Our trained and qualified staff address such issues as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, child development, safe home environments, resource and referral access, literacy and school readiness. Because we believe that early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for life-long, healthy development, our personal interactions with families are relationship-based, designed to promote positive parent-child relationships and healthy attachment, strength-based, family centered, and culturally sensitive.

In 2017, Centers for Youth and Families Healthy Families Home Visiting Program received Platinum level accreditation through Healthy Families America (HFA), the signature program of Prevent Child Abuse America. We partner with Arkansas’ Home Visiting Network and are funded in part through the federal (Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting) MIECHV grant, as well as through support of our community donations.

Personality Responsiblity Education Program (PREP)

Centers for Youth and Families Prevention Services PREP program educates young people on to reduce pregnancy and birth rates for high risk youth populations. The program targets youth populations that are vulnerable or at the highest risk for pregnancies, or otherwise have special circumstances, including youth in foster care, homeless youth, youth with HIV / AIDS, pregnant youth under the age of 21, mothers under 21 years of age, and youth residing in areas with high birth rates.

PREP also offers services to prepare young people for adulthood by implementing activities that address:

  • Healthy relationships, including development of positive self-esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage and family interactions;
  • Positive adolescent development, to include promotion of healthy attitudes and values about adolescent growth and development, body image, racial and ethnic diversity, and other related subjects;
  • Financial literacy, to support the development of self-sufficiency and independent living skills;
  • Parent-child communication skills; Education and employment preparation skills; and Healthy life skills, such as goal-setting, decision making, negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, and stress management.

Age 0-5: Bedtime Struggles

Age 0-5: What to Do about Hitting, Biting, and Other Aggressive Behaviors

Ages 0-5: Helping Children Deal with the Anger they Feel

Ages 0-5: Children's Fears

Ages 0-5: Crying

Ages 0-5: Minor Misbehavior

Ages 0-5: Praise and Positive Reinforcement