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Parenting Support

Parenting Support

About the Parenting Support and Nurturing Parenting Program

We know parenting isn’t easy. We are here to assist families in nurturing and guiding their children. We provide intense parenting education sessions for families overwhelmed and struggling with the parenting role, or those who are experiencing the early stages of child maltreatment and need intervention and treatment.

To qualify, parents and caregivers need to live in Union County and have a 0-5 aged child that is not yet in kindergarten.

Program is 13 sessions, meets weekly, and utilizes the Nurturing Parenting Program for Parents and Their Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.

Translation services are available.

Alliance for Children logoHow We Can Help

Parenting Support, an Alliance for Children program, helps parents gain a better understanding of their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as they grow, while teaching them self-worth and empowerment. This program will help participating parents discover the importance of nurturing and how it affects others, as well as themselves. Through self-awareness and skill-building activities, parents will: increase empathy, develop realistic expectations of children, appropriate family roles, and learn positive discipline practices.

A family with children playingWe Aim to Help Parents Develop

  • A love of life, self and others
  • Respect for self, others, and the environment
  • Family structure and non-physical discipline
  • Fun and laughter as a family

Another family playing with their kidsHow do we do this?

  • Develop positive self-worth in all family members
  • Build empathy in our children
  • Teach positive discipline and alternatives to hitting and yelling
  • Increase awareness of self needs and strengths as a parent
  • Promote healthy physical and emotional development of self and others

A father with his kidsHow the Program is Structured

We meet weekly in individual sessions, in person or virtual, or through a small group (when scheduled). Sessions can last 1-1.5 hours individually, and 2-2.5 hours for group. There are 13 sessions within the program, and they build on each other.

Please note the following:

A mother helping her child with homeworkClasses

  • Personalized Parenting: With the help of trained educators, parents and caregivers will work through their own parenting challenges and begin to implement the skills they have learned.
  • Group Classes: Sometimes it’s nice to know you are not alone in your parenting journey- “My kid does that, too!” Group classes allow parents to learn from each other, as well as with a trained educator. Groups are closed after session 2 to allow families to feel comfortable with each other and grow together.
  • Topics Covered: Milestones, Brain Development, Positive Communication and Discipline, Creating Family Rules, Handling Feelings, and many more.
  • Incentives for Participation: Family Incentives may be rewarded for participation when parents complete different activities throughout the program. Incentives are always age-appropriate, and provided with funding from Alliance for Children.

A mother and daughter playingWhat Parents Say

“I want to say thank you for helping me learn new ways to control my behaviors and to discipline my kids with much more of a control not out of anger.” Sarah, mom of 3

“Between me and my children we have a greater bond, it was not easy doing everything by the book but it was sure worth it. Each session went by I started to enjoy the class more and more. I can automatically see the difference in all of us. We became closer and started communicating on a level I never knew existed.” Victoria, mom of 4

"I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you have been doing for us for teaching and helping us become better parents and change our family with so much positive through this hard time we had.” John and Lisa, parents of 3

Contact Information

Nicole Blevins
Parenting Coordinator / Human Services Supervisor
2330 Concord Avenue
Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 296-4403 (English)
(980) 699-5514 (Program Cell)

Malia Williams
Parenting Facilitator / Community Engagement Specialist
2330 Concord Avenue
Monroe NC 28110
(704) 296-4858 Office (English)
(704) 221-2471 (Program Cell)