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 January through June:


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Positive Parenting Classes with Love INC of Oceana County:

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

Mondays, Jan 7 – Feb 25, 5:30-7:30 PM

Join Fountain Hill Center therapist Mariann Eschenburg for this 8-week series of classes in January and February at New Era Reformed Church. Classes will meet on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 PM. Dates for these classes are: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, and 2/25. 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.


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FHC Grand Rapids Office (534 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

Tuesdays, Feb 5 – May 21, 7:30-8:30 PM

This learning and support group is for parents who are interested in getting some support and adding new tools to their parenting toolbox. Topics of discussion will include: basics of real life parenting, child development, emotional honesty, stress and its impact on parenting, screen time challenges, and more…

This group lasts 16 weeks, and is open-ended, so new participants may join at any time. Registration is first-come, first-served. Cost is $30-$50/participant or $60/couple per session. To see if you qualify for a discount, ask about our sliding fee scale. Some health insurance accepted. To get started, please call (616) 456-1178 or email contact@fountainhillcenter.com in order to schedule an intake session with group facilitator Tracy Thompson.


Parents Supporting Parents

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

Tuesday, Apr 16, 5-6:30 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.

Join us for our first gathering on April 16th at Thomas Read Elementary School. Childcare and dinner will be provided, and 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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Healthy Boundaries Classes with Love INC of Oceana County:

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

Mondays, Apr 29 – Jun 24, 5:30-7:30 PM

Join Fountain Hill Center therapist Mariann Eschenburg for this series of classes in April, May, and June at New Era Reformed Church. Classes will meet on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 PM, April 29th through June 24th.

These classes emphasize the importance of setting healthy boundaries in order to have healthy relationships. People already in healthy situations will gain guidance to improve their relationships, as well as those whose lives feel out of control. Participants might discover difficult realities about their lives (for example, addictive behaviors, codependency issues, or distorted ideas they received from the family they grew up in), and will be challenged to own these realities in order to experience new freedom.

These classes are FREE. Classes start with a dinner at 5:30 PM for all participants. Childcare is provided.


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

Tuesday, May 21, 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 second gathering will be on May 21st 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.


Parents Supporting Parents

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

Tuesday, Jun 18, 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 third gathering will be on June 18th 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.