Parenting Programs

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All of us learn many things from our parents, and the conditioning we receive as children—the education, love, and support we either do or do not get—has the potential to impact us for the rest of our lives. At the Fountain Hill Center, we want to make sure that parents get the knowledge and support they need to provide healthy, effective parenting. In our experience, when parents are properly resourced, families thrive and children receive the care they need to grow up strong and healthy, 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, February, and March:

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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. 7th – Feb. 25th, 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. 5th – May 21st, 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 in order to schedule an intake session with group facilitator Tracy Thompson.

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