Parenting Classes

Welcome Baby offers parents, guardians and grandparents a range of evidence-based curricula to help strengthen parenting skills and build a strong relationship with their child(ren).


Classes are free and available to Durham County residents that care for children from birth to age 8. The schedule of courses varies with availability.

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Motheread B.A.B.Y. (for parents that are expecting or with infants up to 5 months

This 10-week evidence based curriculum helps prepare families for the upcoming birth of their child. Families will learn about labor and delivery, breast & bottle feeding, nutrition, basic infant care and development. 

  • Two-hour sessions for 10 consecutive weeks. 

  • Parent education materials provided - Mama & Papa Journals, books, etc.

Motheread/Fatheread

This 10-week evidence based curriculum uses children’s books, adult poems and narratives to teach literacy skills to adults. Curriculum focuses on developing skills in all four areas of literacy: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The lessons help parents understand the importance of reading regularly to and with their children, and gain the skills of how.

The Incredible Years 

An evidence-based curriculum that focuses on child development and parenting techniques at all ages. We offer Incredible Years Preschool for 3-5-year-olds, and Incredible Years Autism Spectrum and Language Delays. 

Incredible Years (for families with children 3 to 5 years)

This evidence based curriculum focuses on how to effectively use play, praise, rewards, limit setting, consistency, consequences, time-out and other positive discipline techniques. The parenting tools learned will foster cooperation, problem solving, and responsibility.

  • Length: two-hour sessions for 14 consecutive weeks

  • Toys are offered weekly to support the parent and child's home activities.

Incredible Years Autism Spectrum and Language Delays 

This evidence based curriculum offered to parent’s of young children (aged 3-8) on the Autism spectrum or with language delays. The series focuses on: Promoting children’s emotional regulation, Communication techniques with children with no or limited language skills, Social and emotional competence, Language skills, School readiness and Promotion of relationships with others.

  • Length: two-hour sessions for 16 weeks 

  • Toys are offered weekly to support the parent and child's home activities.

Partners for a Healthy Baby

The FSU Partners curriculum addresses the multifaceted needs of expectant and parenting families. Partners is a "two generational" curriculum that addresses the needs of both the parents and the child. Partners covers a wide array of issues related to Family Development and Family Health & Safety, and includes content that addresses Preparing and Caring for Baby/Toddler; and Baby's/Toddler's Development. 

  • Length: one hour sessions for 8 weeks 

  • Incentive offered​​

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) 

Discussion Group

These two-hour group single sessions give parents a chance to explore and discuss topic-based parenting issues, using the Triple P material, such as tip sheets and short video clips of other parents dealing with the same behavior issues. Parents will receive take-home resources. 

One-on-One Consultation 

This program provides an opportunity for families to work one-on-one with a trained facilitator to develop positive parenting strategies, addressing specific behavior concerns. This program provides practical observation tools, an opportunity to explore and practice positive strategies to improve behavior.

Parenting Solutions with Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline is a parenting program based on the best-selling Positive Discipline parenting books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, the program teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Parenting with Positive Discipline means being kind and firm at the same time, which is effective long-term and helps children feel a connection — a sense of belonging and significance. 

Length  2- hour series for 6 weeks