Project Family/Proyecto Familia supports and empowers strong families to enhance the parenting skills of Arlington parents, giving opportunities to connect with neighbors and make new friends, linking parents to community resources and information, and equipping children with preschool and kindergarten school readiness skills.
Project Family focuses on the whole child and teaches parents activities to promote the child’s physical, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development, emphasize the importance of routines and learning through play. Each class familiarizes parents with best practices related to child development, health, safety, and nutrition. Parents are expected to participate fully in every class. Project Family implements the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework and each class builds:
– Parental Resilience
– Knowledge of parenting and child development
– Social and emotional competence of children
– Social Connections
– Concrete Support in times of need
Who can attend? Arlington parents with infants from newborn to 18 months of age
Where is it held? Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Class focus is on child development, health and safety, parenting, and routines. The class provides a supportive environment for parents with an infant to share stories, ask and answer questions, and learn from each other.
Early Childhood “Tot” Classes
Who can attend? Arlington parents with children ages 18 months up to 5 years old (or before Kindergarten)
Each 1.5 hour class includes Free Play, Circle Time, Parenting Tips, Exploring Time, and Closing Songs. Most classes are bilingual in English and Spanish. Parents are encouraged and expected to participate with their children in activities.
Where is it held? Classes meet at various locations throughout Arlington. Sites include: Arlington Mill Community Center, Harvey Hall Community Center, and Gates of Ballston Community Center.
When are classes held? Mornings (between 9:00-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-12) or afternoons (12:30-2 p.m. or 2:30-4:00 p.m.)
Holiday Closures: Classes will NOT be held on the following days: Monday, Feb 18
Project Family @ Night
Who can attend? Arlington parents with children ages 1 1/2 up to 5 years old (or before Kindergarten)
Each 1.5 hour class includes open play for children while parents participate in a discussion on a topic that supports their role as their child’s first teacher, including early literacy, how music affects development, or parenting.
When is it held? Monthly on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Call for upcoming session dates and topics.
Where is it held? Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Project Family Room #120.
To register, contact Project Family at 703-228-5564 or ProjectFamily@arlingtonva.us Registration is prioritized for families referred by a partnering organization and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited.
Inclement Weather Policy: We follow the Arlington Public Schools (APS) inclement weather status. If APS is closed, all Project Family classes are cancelled at all locations. If APS has delayed opening, morning Project Family classes at all locations are cancelled. However, afternoon classes meet on regular schedule. Visit http://www.apsva.us or listen to the radio.