Parenting classes starting soon in Hillsborough | Families
Hillsborough County, Florida -- The county wants to help parents improve their skills in dealing with difficult family issues by offering a Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) class. Classes are held every Tuesday at Chamberlain High School, located at 9411 North Boulevard in Tampa, and run on a continuous cycle.
Students may start anytime during the cycle, but must attend six consecutive classes to complete the course. The first cycle for 2011 is now in session and runs through April 12. A second cycle is scheduled to run May 3 - June 7. These classes also fulfill court-ordered parenting class requirements.
STEP is taught nationally to parents of children of all ages. It emphasizes improving communication skills, understanding children's behavior, and discipline that makes sense, among other topics.
There is an $11 cost per class for a total of $66 for all six classes. The Parents Handbook by Dinkmeyer & McKay is the book required for the class and can be purchased online at STEPpublishers.com, or by calling 1-800-720-1286. The book is also available for $14.90 at Chamberlain High School, and can be purchased the first night of class or Monday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
For additional information, class cycle dates and pre-registration, call (813) 272-5900. For more information or registration for classes in Spanish, contact the Hispanic Services Council at (813) 936-7700.