Partnering with Parents (PWP) is an education program that is committed to assisting all parents and caregivers, including grandparents & foster parents that encompasses parenting at any age, any topic. Programs include Parent WarmLine, Community Prevention Parent Education sessions, Parent 2 Parent Mentor Program, Parents Forever, Individual Parent Education, and the Read to Me Project. We believe that parenting is the most important & rewarding job that people have, but it is also the most challenging. We offer preventative, proactive parenting support to build healthier families by utilizing the strengths-based perspective, challenging parents to become critical thinkers, take accountability for their parenting decisions, and when necessary, serving as an advocate by amplifying the voices of those that may not have a voice at certain tables.
- Believes in the strength of community collaboration
- Bridges resources for families so they have the access and education to have their children thrive
- Does not place blame on clients
- Emphasizes cultural sensitivity
- Emphasizes a belief in people’s capacity to change and desire to do so
- Defines a family as a flexible system and approaches as unique
- Utilizes evidence-based practices
- Is non-intrusive and respects the dignity and privacy of family members, and;
- Utilizes positive community norms.
Individual Parent Education
Sessions are available to any parent and/or guardian. Sessions are an hour in length meeting once a week, over a period of 6 to 8 sessions. Sessions are scheduled on the availability of the parent educator and the parent or guardian. These sessions include topics of parent education identified by the referring agency (if applicable) and the need and want of the parent. A sliding fee scale is available based on gross income and circumstance. Sessions are held in person in our office as well as via Zoom.
Group Parenting Education
Sessions, emphasizing safe discipline methods, are taught by professional parent educators for parents challenged by multiple risk factors. Parenting classes are incorporated into Parents Forever divorce education, Fountain Centers Albert Lea Campus, and local county detention centers including Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Good Hue, Rice, and Wabasha County.
is a peer support program, coordinated through the Parent WarmLine toll-free telephone service. This service matches you with parents that have “been there”, and aims to assist you in such areas of teenage pregnancy, ADHD, mental health and others. Contact Parent2Parent at (507) 440-4164.
We’re Here to Help
Partnering with Parents primarily serves families in Mower and Freeborn counties. This program provides a continuum of secondary prevention services that strengthen families by increasing research based protective factors:
- parental resilience
- social connections
- knowledge of parenting and child development
- concrete supports in times of need
- children’s social and emotional competence and cultural relevance and affirmation
What Our Families are Saying
“My experience with the PRC was great. It taught me how to become a better parent and learn from the mistakes that I have made. It was challenging knowing that I had made so many mistakes as a parent but it was also rewarding knowing that I could learn from them and better myself as a parent.”
“I have learned quite a bit not just about my children but about my parenting in general. I have learned where I need improvement and have started implementing it and seen a bit of progress.”
“I feel like I’ll be a better parent to my children by applying what I’ve learned in this class. Dan is very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and has great advice on any topic I needed help with. I like the way the road map made for a customized experience based on my needs.”
“Helped me realize that I was going about certain things the wrong way and gave me skills and tools that will help me be a better parent to my children.”
“Parent education taught me how to handle behaviors, emotions and discipline in a positive way.”