Course Catalog

Effective Parenting

Raising Self Esteem

The words you say and the role model that you are can greatly affect your child's self-esteem, which includes how to effectively deal with failure. Learn ways to say positive words, model your own behavior, and assist in the ways to deal with both positive and negative life lessons.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2031
T Cook Library Center 6-7:30 p.m. Spanish

Managing Summer Boredom

Are you tired of hearing, "I'm bored. There is nothing to do!" Learn tricks for battling summer boredom, find inexpensive and free activities to do as a family, and sneak in a little learning too!
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2041
T Cook Library Center 6-7:30 p.m. Spanish

Early Learning Play Groups

A weekly, 90-minute program that helps get young children, ages 1-5, ready to succeed in school! Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are welcome and will receive a free book to take home.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2051
M Madison Square Church 10-11:30 a.m. English
EP2052
M Harrison Park Elementary 4-5:30 p.m. Spanish
EP2053
T Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy 3:30-5 p.m. English
EP2054
W Messiah Missionary Baptist Church 9-10:30 a.m. English
EP2055
W Hope Reformed Church 10-11:30 a.m. English
EP2056
Th Booth Family Services 10-11:30 a.m. English
EP2057
Th Grand Rapids Public Library Main 1-2:30 p.m. English
EP2058
Th Coit Creative Arts Academy 2:30-4 p.m. English
EP2059
F Burton Elementary 8:30-10 a.m. English
EP2060
F Burton Elementary 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Spanish

Awakening Greatness

Awakening children to their own greatness and inspiring them to make choices that produce ongoing success. Build inner wealth in your child by minimizing attention on undesired behaviors, provide affirmation and praise for following rules, encourage your child’s success by shaping desired behaviors, and establish a set of clear rules and consequences. Energize your child’s experiences of success while not energizing his or her experiences of failure.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1011
M Southwest Community Campus 5:30-7:30 p.m. English

Resolving Conflict: A Restorative Approach

Learn ways to effectively communicate with children and teens to prevent, diffuse, and resolve conflict situations through restorative opportunities. You will learn basic conflict resolution, restorative practices, and effective communication skills.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2061
Th Cesar E. Chavez Elementary 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. English

Baby Scholars — Infants

You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher. Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER. For 10 weeks a certified parent coach will come to your home and show you how positive parent and child interactions can help your baby’s language, social, and brain development. Date and time will be determined by parent and Baby Scholars Staff. For parents and their infants five to 19 months.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1021
Varies In-Home Varies English
EP1022
Varies In-Home Varies Spanish

Focus on Fathers

Open to all fathers, soon to be fathers, step dads, father figures, grandads, and the like. Focus on Fathers is an event that will encourage, equip, and empower you to be the best father you can be, and how to have a lasting, multigenerational legacy in the lives of your children. This day-long even will feature a main speaker and break out sessions with lunch provided.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2071
S Kroc Center 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. English

Baby Scholars — Toddlers

You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher. Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER. A 10-week quality curriculum with trained professionals helps you help your little one learn how to follow directions, take turns, recognize sounds and letters, and use more words. Families work with trained coaches one day each week. You choose which day and time works best for your family. For parents and their toddlers 20 to 35 months.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1031
Varies In-Home Varies English
EP1032
Varies In-Home Varies Spanish

Let's Play at the Library

Who says the library has to be a quiet, boring place? In this class, toys will be available to play with, and we will discus why play is important for a child’s pre-literacy and pre-reading development. As a group, we will discuss simple ways you can practice literacy skills with your children through simple activities like reading, singing, playing, talking, and writing. This class is for parents with children infant to 5 years old.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2081
W Grand Rapids Public Library Main 10-11:30 a.m. English

Baby Scholars — Preschool

You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher. Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER. A 10-week quality curriculum with trained professionals helps you help your little one learn colors and shapes, develop prereading skills, and be ready for kindergarten. Parents work with trained coaches for one day each week, while children participate in preschool classes. For parents and their preschoolers 3 to 5 years old.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1041
Varies Southeast Academic Center Varies English
EP1042
Varies Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church Varies Spanish

Parent Leadership Training Institute

A 20 week program is designed to help parents who care become parents who lead. It is an interactive and dynamic class, not lecture style. Phase one is focused on community building, cross cultural learning, and group dynamics. Phase two is focused on civic engagement with building skills that will empower you to ask the right questions and leverage change in your home, school, and community. Call 819-1407 for more information.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2091
S Southeast Academic Center 5:30-8 p.m. (times will vary) English

Intentional Parenting

The way you parent today has a big impact on your child’s future. Discover: What is your parenting style? What are your goals and dreams for your child? How does your parenting style today affect your child’s ability to reach that goal? Intentional parenting will combine your dreams for your child with the parenting style that will help them reach their goals.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1081
T Cook Library Center 6-7:30 p.m. Spanish

Parent Essentials - Mom's Edition

Want to find out what is going on in your child(ren)'s school(s) on a monthly basis, learn how to access needed resources, and connect to other parents in the school? Believe 2 Become community action teams and GRPS parent teacher organizations provide updates, connect to opportunities for volunteering, and enjoy time together over a light pastry breakfast with hot and cold drinks provided.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP5001
Th Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. English
EP5003
W Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 8:15-9 a.m. English
EP5005
W Alger Middle School 7:45-8:30 a.m. English
EP5010
W Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 8:15-9 a.m. English
EP5012
W Alger Middle School 7:45-8:30 a.m. English
EP5016
W Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 8:15-9 a.m. English
EP5017
Th Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy 7:45-8:30 a.m. English
EP5018
W Alger Middle School 7:45-8:30 a.m. English

Leading Strong Families: Parents in Charge

Are you running the kids or are they running you? This class helps you strengthen your home leadership and puts you back in charge. Learn three key skills that can be used in any situation to turn things around in your family and relationships. Enjoy this fun-filled workshop packed with storytelling, role playing and real life situations. Confidently lead your family toward success and wellness.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP1091
Th Burton Middle School 6-7:30 p.m. English

Parent Essentials - Dad's Edition

Want to find out what is going on in your child(ren)'s school(s) on a monthly basis, learn how to access needed resources, and connect to other parents in the school? Believe 2 Become community action teams and GRPS parent teacher organizations provide updates, connect to opportunities for volunteering, and enjoy time together over a light pastry breakfast with hot and cold drinks provided.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP5002
T Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 8:15-9 a.m. English
EP5007
Th Alger Middle School 7:45-8:30 a.m. English
EP5009
T Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 8:15-9 a.m. English
EP5011
Th Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy 7:45-8:30 a.m. English
EP5014
Th Alger Middle School 7:45-8:30 a.m. English
EP5015
T Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 8:15-9 a.m. English
EP5020
Th Alger Middle School 7:45-8:30 a.m. English

Uncover Your Child’s Potential — The Journey from Talent to Success!

It is every parent’s dream to see their child achieve success. As a parent, you are vitally important to helping that happen. Learn how to identify and develop your child’s natural talents! Take the journey using the “Strengths Explorer” tool, learn about “The Ladder to Success,” and come away with an action plan for the future. Parents and students ages 10-15 will work together as a team in this life-changing workshop.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2011
M, W Alger Middle School 6-8 p.m. English

Parent Essentials

Want to find out what is going on in your child(ren)'s school(s) on a monthly basis, learn how to access needed resources, and connect to other parents in the school? Believe 2 Become community action teams and GRPS parent teacher organizations provide updates, connect to opportunities for volunteering, and enjoy time together.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP5004
W Southwest Community Campus 5-6 p.m. Spanish
EP5006
Th Campus Elementary 8:45-10 a.m. English
EP5008
F Cesar E. Chavez Elementary 9-10:30 a.m. Spanish
EP5013
Th Campus Elementary 8:45-10 a.m. English
EP5019
Th Campus Elementary 8:45-10 a.m. English

Understanding Teen Substance Abuse

It is imperative, now more than ever, that parents of teens and preteens are knowledgeable about current drug trends, able to identify signs in their child, have strategies for talking to their teem, and can identify community resources to help us combat alarming local statistics on teen drug use and abuse.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
EP2021
W Stocking Elementary 6-7:30 p.m. English

Personal Growth and Development

Financial Freedom

Are you living paycheck to paycheck, barely able to make ends meet? In this class you will learn the tools needed for financial success, and the skills needed to make those tools work. Topics covered will include budgeting, saving, investing, and spending. At the end, you will be able to develop and apply a plan for financial freedom and peace of mind.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
PG1061
Th Innovation Central Campus 6-7:30 p.m. English

GED Completion

Completing the GED opens up opportunities for job training, employment, and higher education. Come to this orientation and learn what it takes to complete your GED and then return each week to enjoy learning in a supportive environment until you reach your goal. Open to students up to 21 years of age who prefer to study in the English language. Open to students up to 24 years of age who prefer to study in the Spanish language.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
PG1011
Ongoing orientations Steepletown Neighborhood Services 10 a.m. English
PG1012
Ongoing orientations Steepletown Neighborhood Services 4 p.m. Spanish

Navigating the Educational System

The Busy Parent Book Club

If you are curious about the books your child is reading in school, why not read them? You will learn how easy it is to discuss and relate the books you and your child have read. In turn this will shape your child's thinking in relation to their reading, and support a life-long love of reading. Books will be provided to all attendees. Please pre-register by calling 988-5400 extension 4. Parents will be required to check out their copy of the book "Mighty Miss Malone" or "Feed" along with discussion information at a local Grand Rapids Public Library of their choice. Limited to 15 participants. Light refreshments and prizes.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE2021
T Harrison Park Elementary 6-7:30 p.m. English
NE2022
W University Prep Academy 6-7:30 p.m. English
NE2023
Th CA Frost Environmental Science Academy 6-7:30 p.m. English
NE2024
Th Gerald R. Ford Academic Center 6-7:30 p.m. English

Khan Academy: Help Your Student Tap into the Power of Math!

Parents, mentors, and other caring adults want to feel equipped to support their child’s learning. With Khan Academy, helping your child with their math homework just got easier. Learn how to use Khan Academy with your child, engage with their learning, provide academic support, and help with homework! This free online resource offers educational assistance for students and their parents. Attend this workshop and go forward feeling more confident and empowered to help your students succeed in school.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE1041
Th Southwest Community Campus 5-6 p.m. Spanish
NE1042
M Riverside Middle School 5:45-7:45 p.m. English

Internet Safety 101

Computers and the Internet are a big part of your child's success. To keep your computer ready for your child to succeed all you need are a few basic internet security skills. Learn the ins and outs of protecting your computer so your child will continue to have the resources to succeed.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE1081
M Grand Rapids Montessori at North Park 6-7:30 p.m. English
NE1082
Sat Grand Rapids Public Library Main 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. English

Financial Aid Nuts and Bolts

At first glance, the costs of college can seem overwhelming, but fear not, there is enough financial aid out there for nearly every student hoping to attend college. Whether you are the parent or a student who wants to know more about financial aid, this class when teach you the skills necessary to help you fund your child's college education.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE1091
T Buchanan Elementary 6-7:30 p.m. Spanish

The Complete Athlete On and Off the Court

Parents will learn important and valuable information about college scholarships, athletic opportunities, and the best ways to support their student athletes. This course will provide information on hot topics such as: -Recruiting Realities -Athletic Scholarships -“Undue Influence” and Athletically motivated transfers -Athletic preparations for 2014-15 -Athletic Eligibility -Communicating with coaches -Academic support -Off-Season involvement
Section Number Day Location Time Language
NE2001
Th Ottawa Hills High School 6-7 p.m. English
NE2002
T Union High School 6-7 p.m. English

Health and Wellness

Moving Forward by Bicycle

The bicycle is one of the most useful and energy-efficient modes of transportation on the planet.  Traveling by bicycle can shrink your ecological footprint, save you money, and help you stay healthy. In this class parents and youth will learn 10 tips for riding a bicycle safely and three simple but valuable bicycle repair skills. Bring your bike to work on or learn on one of ours.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1061
W Congress Elementary 6-7:30 p.m. English

Zumba

Dance your way to a healthier you with Zumba. This fitness class is fast-paced and fun, perfect for all ages and abilities. Walk-ins welcome!
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1021
Mondays The Y Healthy Living Hub at New Hope Baptist Church 6-7 p.m. English
HW1023
Tuesdays Alger Middle School 7-8 p.m. English
HW1023
Tuesdays The Y Healthy Living Hub at New Hope Baptist Church 12-1 p.m. English

Body Detailing System

This is a healing program. It is a result of a mind-body-spirit renewal formula that combines different methods to help you build a harmonious and optimal you. This course ensures motivation and accountability through a dynamic and instinctual training through a variety of corrective high-intensity movements.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1071
T, Th Campus Elementary 6-7 p.m. English

Kickboxing

It’s a serious workout… and a ton of fun! Get fit with this kickboxing class—great exercise for all ages and abilities. Walk-ins welcome!
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1031
Wednesdays The Y Healthy Living Hub at New Hope Baptist Church 5:30-6:30 p.m. English

Documentary film "In So Many Words"

Journey with Lucy Daniels through anorexia and the brutal and barbaric treatment she received in the 1950s as a result. Daniels nearly died from her eating disorder and feels she survived her illness and the treatment only because of her ability to write. Both Daniels and Emmy- and Peabody-award winning film director Elisabeth Haviland James will attend the screening and speak with the audience afterward.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
PG1081
M Celebration Cinema North 7-9 p.m. English

From Couch to 5K

How long have you been sitting on that couch? Are you ready to complete a 5K walk or run? This fun course is for any person who is interested in completing their first 5k or conditiong to remain active to complete another 5k. All levels are welcome. This is a Heart Healthy Happy Course.
Section Number Day Location Time Language
HW1001
Mondays The Y Healthy Living Hub at New Hope Baptist Church 5:30-6 p.m. English