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Positive Parenting Plus

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 Plus 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 Families

The child component to Positive Parenting, this 2-generational approach to learning includes groups for children. This option is not available for all groups. You will have a chance to select this group 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 Groups (optional)

· Personalized Family Goals


Group Schedule

Monday 5:30-7:00pm in Murfreesboro
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 will choose 1 location to start and complete their group.

Sign up for a Parenting Group  

This project is funded by the state of Tennessee

Registering online?

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

Arriving Early for the First Group?

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

Being on Time?

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

Will I Receive a Certificate? 

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

How much does it cost?

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

Groups are offered free of charge in Rutherford County.

Do I Need to Bring Anything?

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.

Does The Family Center Work With Courts & DCS?

The Positive Parenting & Nurturing Families 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 Groups if there is Bad 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 group has been cancelled.



Can I bring my kids?

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

  • Mondays in Murfreesboro at our Rutherford County Classroom
  • Wednesdays in Nashville at Inglewood Church of the Nazarene *Please note this group will move back to our tradition location, Fall Hamilton Elementary as of August 3rd 2019.

If you are attending a group that is not listed here, 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. 


Group Locations

Monday 5:30-7:00pm
Patterson Park Community Center
521 Mercury Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
For additional information contact Sierra Scott at 615.333.2644 x14 
Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm
Inglewood Church of the Nazarene
3936 Gallatin Pike 
Nashville, TN 37216
Turn in main entrance off of Gallatin Pike, park in main lot of the building. Follow The Family Center signs directing you to the correct door labeled with The Family Center sign.
For additional information contact Sierra Scott at 615.333.2644 x14 


Saturday 10:30-12:00pm
TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center
200 StoneCrest Blvd
Smyrna, TN 37167

Turn into the main hospital entrance. Follow signs for the main entrance that is to the right of the Emergency Room. DO NOT enter the emergency room. The door you are looking for will have Parent group signs posted outside. When you enter, look for a door on your immediate right that says Hospital Classroom. 

For additional information contact Sierra Scott at 615.333.2644 x14