Parenting Programs

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If kids are part of your life, you probably already know that raising them is challenging. Most days your kids might be the absolute best in the world. Other days you might wonder, “Where did these children come from?”

At the Fountain Hill Center, we want to make sure that parents, grandparents, foster parents, teachers, and other caregivers of children and teens get the care and support they need to maintain their own health and raise strong and healthy kids, both physically and mentally.

Each of our parenting programs makes use of the Positive Discipline curriculum. Positive Discipline values teaching important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Parenting with Positive Discipline means being kind and firm at the same time. This is an effective parenting strategy that helps children feel a sense of connection to parents and caregivers, as well as a sense of belonging and significance.

Here are the programs we have scheduled for July, August, and September:


Flyer Graphic: Parents Supporting Parents - July 16, 2019

Parents Supporting Parents

Thomas Read Elementary School – Shelby Public Schools (155 E 6th St, Shelby, MI 49455)

Tuesday, July 16, 5-7 PM

Parents Supporting Parents is a monthly gathering of parents who want to ask questions, discuss concerns, and come up with positive solutions to common parenting problems that will build on their family’s own unique strengths.

Our fourth gathering will be on July 16th at Thomas Read Elementary School. Join us for a community dinner at 5:00, followed by parenting discussion and instruction time from 5:30-7:00 (free childcare available). Gas cards will be distributed to those who attend. All parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other primary caregivers of children ages 0-18 are welcome. Participants need not have a child currently enrolled in Shelby Public Schools. Cost is FREE. To sign up, please call Heather Baffi at (231) 861-5541.


Flyer Graphic - Parents Supporting Parents - August 20, 2019Parents Supporting Parents

Thomas Read Elementary School – Shelby Public Schools (155 E 6th St, Shelby, MI 49455)

Tuesday, August 20, 5-7 PM

Parents Supporting Parents is a monthly gathering of parents who want to ask questions, discuss concerns, and come up with positive solutions to common parenting problems that will build on their family’s own unique strengths.

Our fifth gathering will be on August 20th at Thomas Read Elementary School. Join us for a community dinner at 5:00, followed by parenting discussion and instruction time from 5:30-7:00 (free childcare available). Gas cards will be distributed to those who attend. All parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other primary caregivers of children ages 0-18 are welcome. Participants need not have a child currently enrolled in Shelby Public Schools. Cost is FREE. To sign up, please call Heather Baffi at (231) 861-5541.


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Positive Parenting with Love INC of Oceana County:

New Era Reformed Church (4775 1st St , New Era, MI 49446)

Mondays, Sept 9-30, 5:30-7:30 PM

Join Fountain Hill Center therapist Mariann Eschenburg for this 4-week series of classes in September at New Era Reformed Church. Classes will meet on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 PM. Dates for these classes are: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, and 9/30. Explore why children do what they do, share parenting strategies that really work, and learn about how to discipline children in positive ways that gain positive results.

These classes are FREE. Open to parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other caregivers of children ages 0-18. Classes start with a dinner at 5:30 PM for all participants. Childcare is provided.


Flyer Graphic - Parents Supporting Parents - Sept 17, 2019Parents Supporting Parents

Thomas Read Elementary School – Shelby Public Schools (155 E 6th St, Shelby, MI 49455)

Tuesday, Sept 17, 5-7 PM

Parents Supporting Parents is a monthly gathering of parents who want to ask questions, discuss concerns, and come up with positive solutions to common parenting problems that will build on their family’s own unique strengths.

Our sixth gathering will be on September 17th at Thomas Read Elementary School. Join us for a community dinner at 5:00, followed by parenting discussion and instruction time from 5:30-7:00 (free childcare available). Gas cards will be distributed to those who attend. All parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other primary caregivers of children ages 0-18 are welcome. Participants need not have a child currently enrolled in Shelby Public Schools. Cost is FREE. To sign up, please call Heather Baffi at (231) 861-5541.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan – Oceana County Local Council, the Fountain Hill Center will be offering free parenting classes, support groups, and workshops to Oceana County parents and caregivers throughout 2019.

To find out more about this partnership or to sign up for one of our parenting programs, please call the Fountain Hill Center at (616) 456-1178 or email contact@fountainhillcenter.com.