Free parent education classes, funded by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, will be held at Demoney Elementary in Estherville starting Thursday, Oct. 15. The classes are open to all members of the public.
Emmet County Public Health acts as the coordinator for the Prevent Child Abuse Grant that was awarded to the Emmet County Family Resources Council.
The doors open at 5:45 p.m. for registration. A light supper will be served with the workshops starting at 6:15 p.m. Childcare and Hispanic translation is available. Preregistration for classes is required by calling 362-2490 or visiting Emmet County Public Health at 20 S. 17th St. in Estherville.
Following are the sessions that will be offered:
n Thursday, Oct. 15 - budgeting.
n Thursday, Oct. 22 - budgeting (repeat of Oct. 15 session).
n Thursday, Nov. 5 - positive behavior supports.
n Thursday, Nov. 19 - positive behavior supports.
n Thursday, Dec. 3 - positive behavior supports.
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent, a five- to six-week, nationally acclaimed parenting program for parents of toddlers through teens, will be available after the holidays.
And don't forget the Emmet County Family Resources Fun Fair coming in April 2010.
The classes are free of charge and are offered every year. Free childcare is offered during the class.
Participants are required to register at least two days before the scheduled class so there is an accurate count and sufficient staff and supplies. To register call Emmet County Public Health at 362-2490.
About the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program
In 1982, the Iowa Legislature established the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program ("ICAPP"). This program receives federal and state funding to support child abuse prevention services throughout Iowa. With the recent addition of $200,000 in state appropriations to expand sexual abuse prevention, ICAPP currently receives more than $1.4 million in funding annually. Beginning in 2009, Iowa citizens filing their state income taxes will have the option of donating a portion of their tax refund to benefit this child abuse prevention program.
Local child abuse prevention councils throughout Iowa carry out the programs that the state appropriations fund. Each year, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa issues requests for proposals to which the local councils respond after determining which programs would best address the needs in their communities. An independent grant review committee evaluates these proposals and recommends how the state funds should be distributed. Their recommendations go to the Governor's Advisory Council on the Child Abuse Prevention Program, which makes the final decision on what funding councils receive.