Parenting Education

What is Parenting Education? 

Children don’t come with instruction manuals. CAPS is committed to supporting parents and teaching parenting skills to families in support groups and classes throughout Elkhart County. Highly experienced teachers cover a variety of topics including managing stress and anger and finding appropriate discipline methods. Fees may apply. For more information about parenting education or to schedule classes at your location, please call 574-295-2277 Ext. 252. 

Cooperative Family Development

Cooperative Family Development helps parents learn to use positive parenting tools while raising children who are happy, healthy, compassionate, cooperative and responsible. These classes are offered throughout the year. They include parent-child activities, one-on-one coaching for parents, and in-class learning and support. Meal and childcare are provided. 

Classes are available in English and Spanish.

Attend and learn to:


Class Schedules 2018 1st Quarter 


Class Schedule




01/29 - 03/26/18

5 p.m to 8 p.m.

Central Christian Church
 418 W. Franklin Street Elkhart, IN 46516


01/18 - 03/15/18

5 p.m to 8 p.m.

CAPS Joy Rose Center
  1000 W. Hively, Elkhart, IN 46517


01/18 - 03/15/18

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

CAPS Joy Rose Center
 1000 W. Hively Elkhart, IN 46517

To Register by Phone:
Contact Parenting Education at (574) 522-1998, ext. 252.

To Register Online:

For English, click Here
For Spanish, click Here


Parenting Education Seminars and Workshops

A variety of seminars and discussion groups are offered throughout the year. These classes focus on specific aspects of family living. Subjects include: effects of discipline, learning through play, single parenting, ages and stages, getting your child ready to learn, and many more. Childcare is provided for some, but not all of these classes.

Individual education sessions are also available. 

For more information and to register call 574-522-1998 ext. 252. 


Successful Co-Parenting: High Conflict Resolution

Successful Co-Parenting: High Conflict Resolution series provides an opportunity to take an in-depth look at how to overcome obstacles and create strong families in a practical way. Participants find solutions to improve:

For more information and to register call 574-522-1998 ext. 252

Parenting for Professionals

Multi-day, comprehensive training is offered for front-line professionals who work with parents. This training teaches professionals to effectively use and teach their clients positive parenting tools, help professionals respond more effectively to their clients' parenting concerns and have an increased knowledge, confidence and competence regarding these issues. CEUs for mental health professionals are available. Please call 574-295-2277 for more information or to register for the next training.

Community Education

CAPS recognizes that parents receive benefits from good ideas and information, as well as support from other parents and people within their community. With this in mind, CAPS’s Community Education provides parenting education in locations where families have connections, like churches, libraries, hospitals, schools, support groups, and play groups. 

Organizations can help CAPS’s efforts to provide parenting education within the Elkhart County community by scheduling classes at their locations. Organizations can choose on varied subjects. Seasoned instructors will help design these classes in collaboration with the host site, then coordinate the timing of the classes. Fees may apply.

For more information about upcoming classes or to schedule classes at your location, please call 574-522-1998 ext. 252