Youth program, agency, county sponsor free parenting course for west side families

Course spans 18 weeks for parents and other caregivers of children ages 2-8

VANCOUVER — Beginning this month, West Van for Youth and Children’s Home Society will offer a free, 18-week parenting course for up to 10 parents who live in the west-side 98660, 98661 and 98663 zip codes.

The evidence-based Incredible Years parenting classes are for parents and other caregivers of children ages 2-8.

Classes are held each Wednesday from Jan. 17 through May 23. Meals and child care will be provided. Each session runs 5:30-8 p.m. at Children’s Home Society, 309 W. 12th St.

The course can help strengthen a parent’s relationship with a child and improve a child’s behavior. Parents will learn simple strategies through interactive education and hands-on coaching. Research shows that children whose parents complete Incredible Years are less likely to have behavioral or school problems or use drugs later in life.

To register, contact Children’s Home Society at (360) 695-1325 and mention West Van for Youth.

The West Van for Youth coalition, comprised of students, individuals and public and private agencies, works to promote healthy choices and reduce substance misuse among youth. It was established in 2011 as part of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative, which is funded and administered by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Clark County is the fiscal agent for the coalition.

Information provided by Clark County Communications.

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