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Positive Parenting

Being a parent isn’t always easy… how we parent our children impacts their health, ability in school, and future success in life. Most parents regardless of race, culture, or financial situations are affected by daily demands, time limitations, and stress in general. We can become overwhelmed.

Positive Parenting uses education, skill building, and personal insights to help moms, dads, or other family caregivers be the best parents possible!

  • 1.5 hrs/ week for 8 weeks
  • Various Locations
  • Peer Support
  • Practical Info on:
  • Child Development
  • Self-esteem
  • Communication
  • Child Safety
  • Handling Stress
  • Parenting Styles
  • ​Managing Behaviors



Nurturing Family

The child component to Positive Parenting, this 2-generational approach to learning includes classes for children. This option is not available for all classes. You will have a chance to select this class when you fill out the registration form.




Nurturing Home

Sometimes parents need extra help in understanding their children and practicing parenting skills. It’s easy to fall into familiar patterns when everyday stress overwhelms us. This program benefits all family members through education, skills, and insights.

Nurturing Home offers adults and children the chance to expand upon what they’ve learned from Positive Parenting “at home” in partnership with our caring Family Coaches.

· 1x a week for up to 10 weeks

· Children & Family Activities

· Participation Gifts

· Bus Passes to Positive Parenting Classes (optional)

· Personalized Family Goals


Class Schedule

Monday 6:00-7:30pm in Murfreesboro
Tuesday 5:30-7:00pm in Nashville
Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm in Nashville
Saturday 10:30-12:00pm in Smyrna
(this class does not offer Nurturing Family)
*Please note that attendance may not be spread out among multiple locations.
Participants must choose 1 location to start and complete their group.

Sign up for a Parenting Class  

This project is funded by the state of Tennessee

What happens after I register online?

You may start class immediately after signing up, unless you registered the day of class, then you’ll start class on the following week. Otherwise, staff will attempt to call and schedule a day with you.

What time do I need to arrive for my first class?

You must be at your first class 30 minutes early. If you arrive later than 15 minutes before the beginning of class, we will allow you to complete paperwork but you will not be able to attend class that day. We’ll schedule an alternative date for you to begin attending.  

What happens if I’m late?

At The Family Center, we understand life has its challenges.  We keep the door open until 10 minutes after class starts.  If you arrive later than 10 minutes after class, you will not be able to attend class. This helps our educators stay on target with class time and respects the other students class time. If you arrive over 10 minutes late for class and find the door locked, please call our office the next day to explore your options for making up the class. 

Do I need to attend all sessions to receive a certificate? 

All Positive Parenting and Nurturing Family class sessions must be attended within 16 weeks to obtain a certificate.

What are the costs for the program?

Program fees are based on a sliding scale in Davidson County.

Classes are offered free of charge in Rutherford County.

What do I need to bring to class?

The Family Center is required to document household income for Positive Parenting & Nurturing Family participants. Please bring documents that verify this information such as pay stubs, government benefit letters, tax returns, etc.

Is this program accepted by courts and DCS?

The Positive Parenting, Nurturing Family, & Nurturing Home programs are accepted by both the Courts and DCS. The Family Center may only release your information IF you sign a release of information. A release of information will be given to you at your first session.

What happens to classes on days/evenings of severe weather?

The Family Center typically follows public school closures (Murfreesboro City in Rutherford County, Metro Nashville Public Schools in Davidson County). However, please call The Family Center at 615-333-2644 (Davidson) or 615-890-4673 (Rutherford) and listen to the voicemail recording. The Family Center will give as much notice as possible when class has been cancelled.



Can I bring my kids?

You may bring your children if they are enrolled in a Nurturing Family class. Nurturing Family is offered at limited locations: 

  • Mondays in Murfreesboro at our Rutherford County Classroom
  • Tuesdays in Nashville at Fall Hamilton Elementary
  • Wednesdays in Nashville at Fall Hamilton Elementary 

If you are attending a class that is not in this list, then please find child care for your children during that time. 

Do my kids have to come to all 8 sessions?

We would love for them to, but this is not a requirement for your completion in the program.