Parent Education & Training

Building Skills, Confidence & Communication


Parent education programs and trainings focus on strengthening families through parenting classes, family assessments and support services. The goal is to improve communication between family members, stabilize the family, and reduce child abuse and neglect. Programs may be court-ordered or funded by Missouri’s Department of Social Services Children’s Division.

The emphasis is on improving parenting and discipline techniques, learning about child development, and connecting families to community resources. Parents can self-refer or may be referred by Missouri Children’s Division, local courts or other child/family-focused agencies.

Great Circle provides parenting education in every region of Missouri. See “Regional options” at right for more detail.


Supporting Parents

Parent education is delivered via small-group classes or in-home sessions, based on the individual needs of the family. Parent education programs are available in all regions of Missouri. However, in some regions, they operate under specific names, as part of the funding (see below).

Small-group parent education classes are offered throughout the year, and generally convene weekly over several weeks. In-home sessions are tailored to family needs and length of service is often decided by court order or the case worker’s treatment plan.

Small-group classes

  • Incredible Years: 10-week, video-based program to help build family relationships and school readiness. This program is open for parents/caretakers of children ages 3-12 who reside in Adair, Knox, Macon, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby or Sullivan counties. Click here for more program details.
  • Parenting Alliance for Understanding, Support and Education (PAUSE) – The 12-week program uses pre-test/post-test design, group discussion and weekly homework assignments to help parents address potentially destructive beliefs and child-rearing practices. It is available to families in western Missouri. Click here for more program details.
  • Parenting Life Skills Center (PLSC) – Located in Springfield, PLSC serves at-risk families in southwest Missouri. Classes use the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), which allows parents to customize their learning based on needs, through a variety of seminars, self-help books, DVDs, intensive group courses or individual counseling sessions.

In-home sessions

  • Parent Aide services – Trained Parent Aides work in the family home to help parents of children in protective custody in Missouri’s foster care system develop the skills needed to safely reunify the family. Parent Aides focus on developing parenting and home management skills. It is available to families throughout Missouri. Click here for more program details.
  • Supervised visitation – Regular visits between estranged parents and their children is important to rebuild a safe, strong family unit. Parents whose children are currently in foster care receive one-on-one guidance during supervised visits with their children to help improve parenting skills. Often required through court order, this program can be coupled with other parent education/training opportunities. Click here for more program details.

Psychological evaluations

Psychological evaluations are an additional support service that can provide vital information to help guide how Great Circle’s approach to strengthen families. Through funding, children in  south central and western Missouri who have been separated from their families are eligible for a psychological evaluation within 30 days of separation.


For more information about options for parent education and training, click on the links provided or contact Great Circle at 1-844-424-3577.