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Parenting education and support

Offering classes and resources to parents and foster parents who are struggling.


Being a parent can be challenging. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is here to support you by providing free classes and support groups, as well as Parent Café’s. Whether you are single, a dad or mom, a teen, foster, kin, or an incarcerated parent, we have resources for you to tap into when you need some support.


Parenting Education and Support Groups

Free parenting education and support groups help parents improve parenting skills and relationships with their children. Our education and support groups provide a safe, confidential, and supportive environment for parents to learn, give, and receive support from other parents, and engage in self-reflection.

DHS supports family classes and groups for all families, whether DHS involved or not. Some services may be court required as a step towards reunification.

Our wide range of parenting programs includes classes at more than 35 community organizations across Philadelphia. Classes focus on a variety of topics, so you can easily find one to fit your needs. Transportation, snacks, or childcare may be offered at some sites. Be sure to ask when you sign up.

We offer classes for:

  • Parents with children in placement.
  • Women’s empowerment.
  • Incarcerated fathers and mothers at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and Riverside Correctional Facility.
  • General parenting, open to the public.
  • Teenage mothers.

To learn more about the range of classes we offer and find the best one for you, call (215) PARENTS (727-3687).

Parent Cafés

Parent Cafés are safe spaces where parents share a meal and learn from each other.  Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs) host parent cafés in 10 different neighborhoods throughout the city. These parent-led groups are judgement-free spaces, where parents can get together and talk. They are designed to help parents recognize the strengths they already have and see how to build on them. It's a great way to discuss any concerns you may have as a parent. It is open to all parents. A meal and childcare is always provided at our Parent Cafés.

To find a Parent Café near you, call 215-PARENTS (727-3687). Or, see a listing of upcoming parenting classes and Cafés. Watch our video about Parent Cafés to learn more.

You can also explore our list of Spanish-language parenting education and support groups.