Families CAN! offers enrichment opportunities to parents, caregivers and educators about topics affecting families with children from birth through the teen years.
Families CAN! uses award-winning, evidence-based programs, providing enrichment opportunities to parents, caregivers and educators about topics affecting families with children from birth through the teen years.
Enrichment Workshops are open to all parents and caregivers at no cost.
Professional trainings available upon request.
Parent & Caregiver Enrichment Workshops
Our enrichment programs are designed to offer parents and other caregivers information, strategies and resources that can help them build a strong foundation for a safe and happy family.
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline – 3 session series
This program takes a humorous look at parenting and a serious look at discipline for 2 to 12-year olds. Learn a simple technique to get the kids to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, etc.), and discover effective methods to get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, eating, going to bed−and staying there, etc.). Parents and caregivers also learn powerful techniques that strengthen the bond with their children.
Circle of Security-Parenting – 8 session series
Circle of Security is an inspiring yet practical relationship-based program for parents and professionals working with young children. Parents and caregivers will learn how to identify their children’s emotional needs and respond to their behaviors in ways which result in greater resilience, fewer behavioral difficulties, and better relationships with family and friends, improved self-esteem, and enhanced school readiness.
The First Five Years - 4 session series
Learn about parenting styles and roles, ages and stages of development, discipline techniques that work, how to prevent tantrums, building strong family bond, ways to prepare children for school success, and much more. This series is designed for parents of children from birth to age 5.
Active Parenting for Ages 5-12 – 3, 4 or 6 session series
Learn valuable skills that bring back the joy of parenting! Topics include how brain development affects children’s behavior and decision-making; winning cooperation; responsibility and discipline; building courage, character, and self-esteem; and so much more to prepare children to enter the teen years.
Nurturing Parenting – 10 individual topics
Increase positive nurturing skills and behaviors to strengthening your family’s communication and having more fun together. Topics include ages and stages of development, enhancing brain development, dealing with feelings, developing self-worth, praise and encouragement, communicating with respect, family values and rules, and nurturing discipline techniques.
Nurturing Fathers – 13 session series
This program is for any male parenting a child. The series focuses on the value of fathers and explores the roots of fathering, nurturing children and self, positive discipline methods, managing emotions, resolving conflict, teamwork with a partner, balancing work and fathering, and more.
Active Parenting for Blended Families – 3 or 6 session series
Learn how to blend family histories, prevent or stop problems such as loyalty conflicts and power struggles, set boundaries that work for the whole family, improve communication, build new relationships, and teach responsibility and cooperation; plus much more!
Cooperative Parenting & Divorce – 8 session series
This program gives divorcing or separating parents strategies to make positive changes that shield their children from parental conflict. This series guides parents and caregivers through techniques to establish a long-term relationship with the child’s other parent so children living in two different households can thrive.
Nurturing Parent: Families in Substance Abuse Recovery – 17 session series
Designed for parents who want to become better parents as they turn their lives around and become clean and sober. The program focuses on skill-building and coping strategies to strengthen the parent-child bond so that children can then grow up in safe, nurturing, and supportive environments.
Circle of Parents – ongoing support group
This friendly discussion environment is a place where parents and caregivers can find and share support. This group is led by parents and other caregivers, and anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children.
Other FREE Parent Enrichment/Professional Training Available:
Safe to Sleep & Period of PURPLE Crying – 1.5 hours
These National Initiatives focus on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and promoting safe sleeping environment for infants. Get the most up-to-date information that promotes infant safety, and gain a new way of understanding the normal period of crying during healthy babies first 5 months of life.
Protective Factors for Families – 2 hours
This program supports professionals who provide services to families. Identify ways in which your organization is already supporting the development of protective factors in families, and consider how you can increase capacity to build protective factors. Protective Factors are conditions in families, communities, and organizations that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families.
Mandated Reporter Training – 2.5 hours
We educate those who work with children about the laws regarding reporting, signs of abuse and neglect, how to report, and why it is important to do so. All Mandated Reporters are now required to complete a training approved by the Department of Health and Human Services once every four years.
The Role of Life Experiences in Raising Healthy & Thriving Children & Communities – 1 or 2 hours
This introduction to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study looks at what adverse childhood experiences look like in Maine; the impact of toxic stress on healthy brain development; what are Adverse Community Environments and their impact on adverse childhood experiences; as we;; as what ACEs look like, sound, and feel like for those impacted; and how to build resilience for healthy and thriving children and communities.
FREE School-Based Education Available:
Healthy Relationships Project
This project is made up of three school-based educational programs designed to promote healthy relationships and prevent sexual abuse. Healthy Relationships Project utilizes health-focused strategies that match children and youth's social-emotional level and increase protective factors such as communication skills, empathy and knowledge of support systems.
- Care for Kids: Early Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention (ages 3-8)
- We Care Elementary (grades 3-6)
- SAFE-T: Sexual Abuse Prevention (grades 7-8)
Maine Children's Trust
A statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect. Click here to view the website.