Project Family supports and empowers strong families by enhancing the parenting skills of Arlington parents, providing 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, emphasizing the importance of routines and learning through play. Each class includes Free Play, Circle Time, Reading, and Exploring Time. Each class familiarizes parents with best practices related to child development, health, safety, and nutrition. Parents are expected to fully participate in every class.
Project Family implements the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework and each class builds:
-Knowledge of parenting and child development
-Social and emotional competence of children
-Concrete Support in times of need
Project Family/Proyecto Familia Classes
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 all 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.)
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 Cheryl Fuentes, Project Family Coordinator, at 703/228-1549 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 on a delayed opening, all morning Project Family classes at all locations are cancelled. However, the afternoon classes meet on their regular schedule. If APS is closed, all Project Family classes are cancelled at all locations. APS status at http://www.apsva.us or listen to the radio or TV.
Holiday Closures: Classes will NOT be held on the following days: Monday, May 28, Monday, Nov 12, Thursday, Nov 22, Friday, Nov 23, and Tuesday, Dec 25, 2018