Parenting Education

Research indicates that the early years are crucial to laying the foundation for children’s life success. From classes for parents of newborns to workshops on early infant brain development, our programs help new and experienced parents and caregivers prepare their children for a successful future.

New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development

New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development provides parents and caregivers with training and tools to help every infant, toddler and pre-schooler in Arizona develop a healthy brain and enter school ready to learn.

New Directions was founded in 1998 to share important messages about brain development so that parents could take advantage of the critically important window of opportunity that occurs in infancy. The non-profit institution has become a foremost authority on early learning and is consulted by organizations across the nation.

New Directions trainers, all of whom are experienced educators, conduct workshops in the community teaching caregivers how to promote healthy brain development. No special education or medical understanding is required to attend the classes. Parents, grandparents, babysitters and others are welcome to attend. Concepts and methods are demonstrated in ways that are easy to grasp, and participants practice skills during the workshop so they become comfortable with good parenting. Free workshops are provided around the state.

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To learn more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 602.371.1366.

The Parent Connection

The Parent Connection is a unique family resource center dedicated to the optimal development of every child through a partnership with their parents. Today’s children will be the caretakers of tomorrow’s world. Research indicates that the early years are crucial to laying the foundation for children’s life success.

Here at The Parent Connection we are dedicated to helping children grow into caring, capable adults through a partnership with parents based on support and education and designed to build on family strengths.

The Parent Connection provides a safe and stimulating environment for building relationships…parents with children – parents with other parents – parents with trained and qualified parent educator resources. With The Parent Connection, it is no longer necessary to meet the challenges of parenting alone.

We offer workshops, parenting classes, support groups, and play-based parenting groups to cover the full range of age and stage development in children as well as some great tools for being a responsive parent.

The Parent Connection is based in Tucson as a universal family resource center open to any and all families who would like to participate in and learn from activities that will promote their child’s optimal growth and development.

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Parent Skills Workshop

Parent/Child Activities

Parenting Classes

Stay & Play

To learn more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 520. 321.1500.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program with effective curricula that is known as an outstanding evidence-based best practice model. The vision of this program is that all children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential, with the mission of providing the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. The goals of Parents as Teachers are to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect and increase children’s school readiness and school success. PAT is based on the principle that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.

The core services of Parents as Teachers are:

  • Personal home visits to provide individualized parenting instruction
  • Group meetings with other parents to share information about parenting issues, child development, and practice parenting skills
  • Screening for early identification of developmental delays and health, vision and hearing problems
  • Networking to provide parents with needed community resources

Parents as Teachers families at Arizona’s Children Association report having a better understanding of their child’s signals and needs and increased confidence in their parenting skills. PAT national outcomes indicate that PAT children are significantly advanced over their peers at age three and they score higher on standardized tests in the primary grades.

Arizona’s Children Association is the state office for Parents as Teachers nationally. Click on “Search by County” to contact the office nearest you for more information.

ftf support logo Support for Arizona’s Children Association parenting education is provided by a grant from First Things First.