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Education for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.
- Psalm 127:3

Parenting Support

And, as parents, it's our job to do all that we can to make sure they are safe, loved and handled with care from conception, through the teen years and into adulthood. Join us at Alternatives for classes that will enrich your parenting experience and enhance your skills for life.

Parenting Class Offerings

Parenting for Life (PFL):  8 Week Course

This 2-hour class meets weekly and is designed to increase parent-child connectedness by examining parenting styles, effective communication techniques and fundamental needs of children that must be provided in the home.  A 1-hour, 12 week class is also offered at some locations.

Building Family Connections (BFC):  10 Hour Workshop/Course

Created by the Medical Institute, this course is designed to increase communication between parents and their teens regarding sexual health.  Topics include Effective Communication, Decision-Making, Adolescent Development, Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships and more.

Turn Down the Volume (TDTV):  ReGen Next™ Workshops

Offered community-wide, these educational workshops for parents cover a variety of topics. Titles include: Great Parenting, Understanding Child Development, Discipline for Children, Nutrition for a Healthy Body and Mind, and the Value of Self-Care. Please click ReGenNext.com for more information.

Upcoming Classes

Parenting for Life (PFL)

eClass - Fall03 2020 PFL  (8 weeks)


Session begins Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12-2pm.


Parenting for Life (PFL)

eClasses - Summer 2021

Morning or evening eClass times. 
Sections (01, 02) meet one day per week for eight (8) weeks.


Summer-01, 6pm-8pm, Tuesdays starting 7/6/21 


Summer-02, 10am-12n, Wednesdays starting 7/7/21

A big THANKS to our newest testing sites!
PFL in-person testing is now available in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, South Haven, Benton Harbor and Elkhart, IN.


Please note:   Digital device (ex. mobile phone, laptop, tablet) and email account are required.  All instructional classes meet online with in-person testing administered by appointment at local centers.  Placement on a waiting list does not guarantee class enrollment.  All waitlisted persons will be contacted with class details when available in order to confirm participation. 

We hope to eventually continue in-person classes; however, that will depend upon current COVID-19 regulations.  Until then, we look forward to engaging with you in our virtual classrooms.

 Stay safe. Be well.

AlternativesCC, Educational Outreach

(269) 345-1740 xt 17 or EMAIL