Parenting Education

Free Parenting Education Groups

Parenting education is the key to raising successful children, creating competent, confident parents, and building strong families and communities. With love, limits, and lots of involvement, parents can have a major influence in developing happy, healthy and well-behaved children.


Nurturing Parents: A Free Parent Connection Group — Happening Now!
This is a year-round opportunity for parents to connect with one another.  Discussion topics are selected by the participants and can cover anything related to parenting.  Commit to one, some or all!  Lunch is provided, and childcare is provided by the Oxford Advent Church volunteers (parents must provide advance notice if childcare is needed).  This workshop is open to all caretakers of children from birth to age 19.

First Sunday of every month from 12-1:30pm at the Oxford Advent Church, 1130 Main Street in Oxford.  Lunch and childcare provided (please reserve a space to ensure child care).


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Active Parenting — Happening Now!

This is a six session workshop designed to help parents raise responsible children who are able to resist negative peer pressure.  Parents will learn effective discipline and communication techniques and learn how to encourage developmental skills.  We all want our children to thrive!

Upcoming Dates: TBA

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1-2-3 Magic — Next Class In June

In this two week series, learn a simple yet effective technique to get kids to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do and to START what you want them to do.  Learn to encourage positive behavior, independence, and self esteem to help foster your child’s growth and development.  This program is recommended for parents with children ages 2-12 years.

Upcoming Dates: TBA


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The First Five Years
This is a program for parents with children from birth to age 5 that meets in four sessions.  It is a great class for a new parent or a parent who would like additional information on what to expect from a child in this age group.  This also offers ideas for parents regarding disciplining a young child, how to prevent tantrums, establish routines that make life easier for the whole family, and more.

Upcoming dates: TBA


To register for any of the above classes or for more information, contact Alyson Holland at (207) 739-6549 or


Parent Connection Newsletter
Community Concepts Children’s Services sends out a newsletter every three months with helpful articles and community resources for parents.  If you would like to be added to this newsletter email list, please contact Elizabeth Haffey at

Parent Connection Newsletter September 2016 (Vol. 1 Issue 1)

Parent Connection Newsletter December 2016 (Vol 1. Issue 2)

Parent Connection Newsletter March 2017 (Vol. 1 Issue 3)

Parent Connection Newsletter June 2017 (Volume 1 Issue 4)


All workshops are provided free of charge thanks to the Maine Children’s Trust.

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From The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for parents of 2 to 4 year olds, Essentials for Parenting addresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining. The purpose of the resource is to provide as much information as possible on things you can do to build a positive, healthy relationship. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior and decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies like positive communication, structure and rules, clear directions, and consistent discipline and consequences.


Click below to see our series of helpful videos on Parenting:

Parenting can be a difficult task! We offer a parenting series for parents caring for children who have special needs.

The following short support videos offer some tips on how to make it through.

Self Care for Parents

Discipline Part 1: Consistency Parenting series for parents caring for children who have special needs

Discipline Part 2:  Limit setting

Discipline Part 3:  Firm and Fair     

Communication Part 1