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Welcome to Parenting Sweet! Parenting Sweet is a resource for parents and caregivers, featuring all the great opportunities in our region that make parenting sweet!

Appalachian Promise Alliance is Making Parenting Sweet!

We have tips, information, practices, and parenting classes, sessions, workshops, support groups, seasoned educators, and friendships that can help lighten some of your load and make parenting easier. Wish you had an extra hand? A little help? A hack that makes things a little easier? Wondering if doing something different would help? Check out the Parenting Educator Network opportunities below in the highlights.

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Appalachian Promise Parenting Education Network Programs Find a program that fits your needs! Click to search for free or low cost, morning or evening, online or in-person, first-time or veteran parent/caregiver, and more

Visit to learn more about: The Parenting Education Network, Bristol Family Resource Center, YWCA MOMS R US, Mom Power, Hope House, Frontier Health, Highlands Community Services, Breastfeeding Essentials, Ahh Babies – Appalachian Highlands Healthy Babies – La Leche League Breastfeeding Support, Cherished Mom, Attached at the Heart Classes, Twin City Reads, Buckle Up for Life, Doula by Donation, Sullivan County Family Services, Parenting Sweet, Tricities Parenting, Tricities Babywearing, High Country Doulas, ETSU Family Physicians, Bethany Services, TriCities Babywearing TN, Sullivan County Health Department, Strong Starts, TN Voices, and more.

Women’s History Month 2024

This year for Women’s History Month, we pay attention to the examples of women committed to including everyone in our quest for freedom and opportunity. These women know that people change with the help of families, teachers, and friends, and that young people in particular need to learn the value of hearing from different voices with different points of view as they grow up.

By actively integrating women’s history into education and community, parents and educators empower children to recognize the invaluable contributions of women throughout history, and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable future.

[National Women’s History Alliance]

International Women’s Day – March 8th, 2024

“The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is Inspire Inclusion.

When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world.

And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.

Collectively, let’s forge a more inclusive world for women.”

Check out these resources for fun ways to celebrate and explore Women’s History Month with your children!

Gate City Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 23rd at 11AM – 12PM

Gate City Methodist Church

Activities for children toddler age to 6th grade. Coloring Sheets, Outdoor Games, Chalk, Face Painting, Prize Eggs, and more!!

This is a community event, so everyone is invited!

Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Market

March 16th, 10AM – 4PM

The Allandale Mansion (4444 W Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660)

Shop with Local artisans, business and food trucks.

Enjoy an EGGstravagant Easter Egg hunt with a surprise visit from the bunny itself! 

Free admission, free egg hunt, free parking, and fun for the entire family!

Transportation Station with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 16th, 11:30AM – 1PM

Sensory Hour – 9:30AM to 10:30AM

Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza

Join Johnson City Parks & Rec for Transportation Station with a special guest appearance from the Easter Bunny! Climb, touch and discover trucks and machinery of all shapes and sizes, go for an egg hunt to find prizes, and join in on the PokémonGO Community Day hunt!

Sensory hour will be held for individuals with sensory sensitivities to explore without sirens or other loud noises from the machinery, including a sensory-friendly egg hunt.

Storytime & Paint: “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny”

Saturday, March 9th, 10AM

Into the Fire (109 Cherry St Suite 30, Johnson City, TN, 37604)

$15 per child includes a story, snack, and painting ceramic bunnies!
Call to save a spot as seating is limited!

Easter Buffet

Sunday, April 9th, 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Bristol Hotel wants to help you and your family celebrate Easter with Easter Brunch. Crafted by The Bristol Hotel’s executive chef Jason van Marter, the menu will feature Easter and brunch favorites including eggs benedict, strawberry and Nutella French toast, mustard baked salmon, deviled eggs, homemade sweet potato biscuits and hot crossed buns.

Mini Easter Party

March 29th, 11AM – 12:30PM

Join The Little Daydreamers for a special Easter party for children ages 1-5! We will have Easter themed sensory bins, an egg hunt, play time, and an Easter craft. We will be giving away a free monthly membership inside the lucky egg! Don’t forget your Easter basket!

Reservations are required. Each child’s ticket includes two adults.

Dino Egg Hunt

Friday, March 29th, 9AM – 12PM

Hands On! Discovery Center

Join Hands On! for some egg-cellent dinosaur and fossil themed experiments, crafts, games, and egg hunting in a prehistoric forest. Activities and egg hunting are on-going, so stop by anytime during the event. Be sure to bring your own basket.

•​FREE for ages 0-3
•​$5 for members ages 4+
•​$11 per person for non-members ages 4+

Check out these fun activities for children and families, and explore the origin of St. Patrick’s Day!

Downtown Kingsport Shop & Hop

March 7th, 5PM – 8PM

Get your Irish on in Downtown Kingsport! Make sure to wear your Green!

Fizzy Fairway St. Patrick’s Day Special

Sunday, March 17th, 12PM – 9PM

Get ready to putt your way to luck at Fizzy Fairway’s St. Patrick’s Day Special! Go for a day filled with fun, laughter, and plenty of green-themed excitement. Spread the word and invite your friends to join in on the festive fun. Dress in green to win prizes!

Jonesborough’s St. Paddy’s Celebration

Saturday, March 16

A celebration of Celtic culture is coming to Tennessee’s Oldest Town for the annual St. Paddy’s Festival on Saturday, March 16. Discover everything from the first annual parade to Highland cows and live Irish music to a fun run.

Events include a St. Paddy’s Parade at 11 A.M., Kids Crafts from 11A.M. to 5 P.M., and more.

Visit for more information.

Family Playtime

This program is focused on providing developmentally appropriate activities for families to do with their child(ren). It is a space where parents can gain support from the Strong Starts team or peers while children explore and play.

Visit the link to learn about the various dates and locations around the region.

Free book provided to each family (while supplies last).

Registration optional at

Adults with Disabilities Storytime

March 14, 2024, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Johnson City Public Library

Adults with disabilities, along with their caregivers, are invited to listen to a captivating story and participate in a hands-on activity. This inclusive event aims to create a supportive and enjoyable environment for individuals with disabilities while encouraging creativity and interaction.

Call (423) 434-4454 or visit to register.

PARENTS – Stop the Struggling and Find Support

Join the community of parents and caregivers in our region! We hold weekly Parenting Prime Time meetups on Sunday afternoons at 3:30pm both online (RSVP for online) and in-person (RSVP for in-person) at the Parenting Sweet at 100 Ash Street, Bristol, TN (leftmost outside door). 

This is a judgment-free zone to share stories, ask questions, and gain confidence on your parenting journey. It is also a great place to volunteer and encourage and support other parents. Each week has a topic, but the primary focus is whatever you want it to be. Come relax, vent, and build connections with caregivers experiencing similar situations. Very young children are welcome to join. 

Be sure to RSVP at least eight hours before the meetup time.

Everblade Academy Youth Classes

April 6th & April 27th, 12PM – 2PM

833 W. Industry Dr., Kingsport, TN 37669

Registration is open until March 31st.

Cost is $20 per child.

Sign your child up to learn fun historical skills from knights! Message Everblade Academy on Facebook for more details.

Families Raising Families

Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club

Are you a grandparent or relative raising children? Please join us in a safe confidential space to share experience, feelings, and needed resources. Light snacks and beverages are provided and fun activities for all ages.

The next meeting is March 20th, 2024 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Creative Movement Classes

Bristol Ballet has a new 8 week session of Creative Movement for 3 year olds and Mommy and Me/Caregiver and Child for 12 months through 2 years starting March 5,

Both classes use the DiscoverDance curriculum, focusing on teaching foundational dance concepts in developmentally appropriate ways, readying the young dancer for more complex ballet terminology while also developing imagination and motor skills (with a healthy dose of having fun as well!)

Visit to register. You can also email or call 276-669-6051 for more information.

Tuning in to Teens

Would you like guidance on how to help your teen cope with big emotions and reduce conflict? This free parenting program led by Dr. Rachel Miller-Slough at ETSU was built for those in your position.

This free program is ideal for caregivers of children 10 to 17 years of age, and is held virtually via Zoom.

Contact Dr. Rachel Miller-Slough at or 423-439-8307 to register or for more information.

Little Listeners

Calling all little listeners! Join us for this reading program where participants will be able to listen to longer stories, songs and rhymes with craft time afterward. Register here:

Nurturing Parenting Classes

Every Wednesday from February 7th through April 24th, 2024.

In-person at the YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

These evidence-based family-centered and trauma-informed classes are designed to meet the family’s needs based on their parenting strengths and weaknesses.

Registration is required.

For more information, call Melinda Murray at 423-989-4538.

Monthly Mobile Food Pantry

Washington County TN schools are excited to announce the monthly mobile food pantry provided by Grace Manor!

South Side Schools: 1st Thursday of the Month from 12PM to 2PM @ David Crockett High School parking lot.

North Side Schools: 3rd Thursday of the Month from 12Pm to 2PM @ Daniel Boone High School parking lot.

Prenatal Classes

High Country Doulas is offering classes on Infant Feeding, Early Postpartum and Newborn Care, and Childbirth preparation classes in Kingsport and Johnson City!

Classes begin at $55 per couple, and can be offered privately for an additional fee.

Email for more information.

Annual Prom Dress Sale

The YWCA is hosting their annual prom dress sale featuring hundreds of like-new prom dresses for only $25!

Scholarships are available.

Contact 423.968.9444 or for more information.

March 8th – 2PM to 7PM

March 9th – 9AM to 3PM

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support before, during, and after pregnancy. Call or text 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262). TTY users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-852-6262.

American Sign Language Course

Registration is now open for Bristol Public Library’s 8-week ASL 1 Course which begins April 9. This course is brought to you by Friends of the Library and Bridges East.

Cost: $10

Registration required by April 1st.

Register and pay at the Bristol Public Library Circulation Desk – located on the upper level.

Women’s Health Fair

Juntos of Johnson City (Together of Johnson City) is hosting this fair at the Langston Centre this Friday March 1st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Parenting Sweet will be joining other community organizations at the Women’s Health Fair in celebration of Women’s Day! Free services will be available, as well as others available in the area. Come see us!

Funny Farm Season Opening

March 23rd, 12PM – 6PM

March 24th, 1PM – 6PM

Admission is $5 per person. 2 and under do not pay admission. Bags of Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. grain to feed the animals are $2. Pony/horse rides are $5. All animals are able to be fed, either by hand or dropping on the ground.

Season passes are $25 and include admission for every day that the farm is open.

There is a farm store that includes souvenirs, locally made goods, and snacks.

Attached at the Heart Parenting Program

Connect with other parents and explore valuable information for raising children today.

Sessions happening now – join us!

The program is available online and in-person, and you can sign up HERE.

Grandfamilies Program

Sullivan County Cares Grandparents Education Program 2024 Grandfamilies Program meets monthly in Bluff City. Email Paige M. at with any questions or how to attend. 

Museum Story Time

Join the folks at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a music- or Appalachia-related storybook, a tune or two by WBCM Radio Bristol show host and musician Ella Patrick, and a related activity or coloring sheet.

Aimed at toddler-age children and their grown-ups, they gather at 10:30am on the first Friday of each month .

This program is free and open to the public. You can find each month’s book on the museum’s Events pages.

Hope Center Parenting Classes

314 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville, TN

The Hope Center is offering parenting classes for parents of babies and parents-to-be in March, May, August and November of 2024!

A crib and mattress / carseat will be given to those who complete all 5 class sessions.

Contact the Hope Center at 423-638-5433 or visit their website for more information.

Preschool Playtime

Kingsport Community Church Family Life Center (2316 Memorial Blvd.)

Friday, February 16th, 9AM – 12PM

Friday February 23rd, 9AM – 12PM

Friday March 1st, 9AM – 12PM

Bring your preschoolers for free indoor parent-supervised playtime! All ages welcome, but programming is geared towards ages 2 through 5.

Free, no registration required.

Contact for more information.

Learn About Parenting and Find Community

The Parenting Sweet is continuing registration for the February the Attached at the Heart Parenting Program!

Take advantage of the free registration for a limited time, and register yourself, your partner, and any other caregivers:

Life is busy. Parenting keeps you even busier. As a parent, it can feel like your whole schedule revolves around your kids– it’s time to do something for yourself that will benefit the whole family.

Participants will learn about child development and expectations, proven strategies for tantrums and chores, and find support and friendships. Feel confident in your parenting skills and yourself!

The Rainbow Fish

A full-scale, glittery-scaled stage version of the award-winning children’s book, “The Rainbow Fish,” will transform the ARTspace into a sea world, and show how kindness really shimmers, shines, and sparkles.

April 20 – 28 for Saturday and Sunday matinee performances, and Saturday evening performances.

Reserve tickets online or purchase them at the door.

Project Dads

Project Dads is a comprehensive and innovative parenting class for fathers that utilize the 24/7 Dad curriculum developed by the parenting experts of the National Fatherhood Initiative. This program helps men develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills they need to get and stay involved with their children. Topics covered include discipline, working with mom and co-parenting, showing and handling feelings, masculinity, dealing with anger, improving communication skills, stress, substance use, work and more.

Storytime at the Park

Tuesdays, 10:30AM – 11:00AM

Enjoy stories and songs in the great outdoors with a repeat of Tuesday storytime at Munchkin Park at 353 Clark Street in Abingdon, VA!

Prenatal Support Group

Focused on preparing for baby and ways to care for your health, self, finances, mind, safety, and baby. It is a space where expectant parents can gain support from our team, the community, and peers while they learn about preparing for their baby.

Free diapers for each pregnant individual (while supplies last)

At the end, Ballad Health will provide a gift card for completion of curriculum and attendance.

Registration encouraged but not required at

Read Across America Week with Sullivan County Public Library Branches

All storytimes are 1PM – 3PM.

Colonial Heights – Where the WIld Things Are and craft. Goat visit at 2:30PM! No registration required.

Bloomingdale – Dr. Seuss’s birthday party and Read Across America celebration. No registration required.

Sullivan Gardens – Dr. Seuss’s birthday party. No registration required.

Blountville – Owl Ridge Raptor Center will be holding a fun and informative program for elementary age kids. Register at 423-279-2714 by February 29th.

Seuss on the Loose

Saturday, March 2 from 12PM – 3PM 

Downtown Elizabethton

To participate, start your journey at Covered Bridge Park and pick up your Sneetch Sheet with the Library. Then you can visit a variety of stops downtown at local businesses. Along the stops, you will encounter guest book readers, characters, crafts, decorations, and themed treats! Turn in your completed Sneetch Sheets for a chance to win prizes and enjoy the park and all it has to offer!

Elizabethton Parks and Recreation will transform the park into pages straight from books of Dr. Seuss and bring along guests such as the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch! The Library will have free books while supplies last. Special community partners will also be set up throughout the park with fun giveaways, along with free inflatables by Parks & Recreation.

Growing Stronger Together Podcast

Growing Stronger Together is a weekly podcast for people who care about children and families developed by faculty at East Tennessee State University, including members of the ETSU Health Department of Pediatrics, the ETSU Center for Early Childhood Learning and Development, and the ETSU Child and Family Health Institute.

Bristol Ballet Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts

Join Bristol Ballet for a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, live on stage on May 11! The ballet tells the timeless tale of fairy mischief and mortal mayhem. Oberon, king of the fairies, fights with Titania, the queen of the fairies, over a child. Oberon punishes Titania by sending Puck, his mischievous fairy sidekick, to make Titania fall in love with the first person she sees. Puck accidentally meddles with two human couples in the course of his mischief. Thus ensues much confusion between the four mortals as their lives intertwine. Finally, Oberon makes peace with Titania, and Puck rearranges everything back to the natural order. From fairy shenanigans to love triangles to a spellbound donkey, and a lot of drama in between, there are plenty of humorous moments to enjoy

Sat, May 11, 2024
Two shows: Noon and 5:30pm
$11.00 – $23.50 plus applicable taxes and fees

Be a Parenting Volunteer

The Appalachian Promise Alliance’s Parenting Network meets the third Thursday of each month at noon and works to support parenting education in our community by sharing efforts, communicating the value and importance of parenting education, and learning more about how we can better serve families. If you are interested in helping teach classes, mentor parents, or have parenting educator updates to share, please contact us at!

The Little Mermaid Auditions

Auditions for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” are coming up soon! Check out all the characters and see where YOU might fit in!

AUDITION TIMES (please arrive 15 minutes early to check in):

  • March 1 at 6:30 PM
  • March 2 at 10:30 AM
  • March 3 at 2:30 PM

Callbacks are March 9 and 10 as needed.

Learn more about auditions and fill out the form at

Are You a Grandparent? 


Grandparent Workshop Series Bristol’s Promise will be offering a workshop series just for grandparents of children ages birth to five! Why? We love our grandparents! Whether you are “sharing the care” or a custodial grandparent, we recognize the vital importance of grandparents. If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more about this program, please submit your information here. Questions? Email Lily Royston ( Click to learn more!  

Wee Cycle It Children’s Consignment Sale

“Wee-Cycle It” is a semi-annual children’s consignment sale held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle, in Abingdon, Virginia.  WEE proudly offer high-quality, gently used items for infants, children and teens.

Sale Dates:

Fri, March 1 • 9am–6pm
 25% off on Select Items

Half-Price Hours:

Sat, March 2 • 9am–12 noon
Select items with (Discount: Yes)
under the price will go half-price

Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families Program is a family-focused parenting class for parents, grandparents and caregivers. The class includes highly interactive topics geared toward managing stress, improving communication skills, goal setting, solving problems as a family and discipline. The program utilizes role-plays, discussions and family projects along with providing developmentally appropriate examples for common problems from preschoolers to teens.

ASL Storytime

Saturday, March 9th, 10AM – 10:30AM

Kingsport Public Library

Join Mrs. Kyndra for ASL Storytime in the library’s auditorium on Saturday at 10:00 am! This Storytime will include a guest using American Sign Language during the program. Limited to 20 people total per storytime.

PLAYtime in the ARTspace

For littles and those who love them! Tickets on sale online at, $5 per family. Free bagels and coffee from Bristol Bagel and Bakery, and great resources from the Parenting Sweet!

Mommy and Me/Caregiver and Child Spring Movement Classes

For 12-24 months: Saturdays 9-9:30am
For 2 year olds: Saturdays 9:30-10am

​Bristol Ballet offers Mommy and Me/Caregiver and Child classes, where caregivers can enjoy movement and dance with their toddlers. We offer a class for 2 year olds and their caregivers and a class for toddlers aged 12-24 months and their caregivers. The classes use a developmentally appropriate curriculum (Discover Dance) to help toddlers develop motor skills, muscle strength, and social skills, while also having fun.

March 5-April 23

Coffee & Conversation for Grandfamilies

  • Support
  • Information
  • Resources

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren? Join us on the 1st Monday of each month at 10:00 AM to connect with other grandparents in similar situations, discuss trials and tribulations, and get information and resources on raising children in today’s society.

Meet at Memorial Park Community Center
(Johnson City).

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Sullivan County

The organization is looking for mentors age 23+ to volunteer 2-3 hours for 2-3 weekends a month as part of their Community-Based Program.

Big Brothers/Sisters can be 15+ years in age; the organization works with schools to allow meetings to occur during school hours.


MOPS gathers and supports moms. They believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. The MOPS acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” because it began in 1973 when a group of moms with young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past 48 years, MOPS has expanded our community to include moms with school-aged kids.

Find your MOPS group:

Free Reading Resources

Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Education to provide at-home reading resources for free to all Tennessee families of K–2 children to help young learners become stronger readers. Based on your child’s grade level, they will receive the At-Home Decodable Book Series, a collection of seven booklets containing 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice, and age-appropriate, high-quality Scholastic books. Click here to order your kit.

Appalachian Highlands Healthy Babies (AHH Babies)

Appalachian Highlands Healthy Babies, or AHH Babies provides free breastfeeding information and encouragement. Three opportunities each month provide a variety of days and times to attend the series of meetings.

AHH Babies provides:

  • Mother-to-Mother support
  • Leaders accredited by La Leche League International
  • Latest breastfeeding information

Virtual and in-person options help you get your questions answered and/or offer support to other parents.

Visit for meeting schedules!

The Traveling Bear Indoor Mini Golf

Enjoy some family fun entertainment that showcases the unique places that make this area our home with discounted prices on Wednesdays!


Are you or do you know a pregnant or parenting teen in need of support? Then they need MOMS R US!

The YWCA’s MOMS R US program provides both virtual and in-person classes to share education, resources, and encouragement to support teen health, academic studies, and overall well-being.

First-time pregnant and parenting teenagers who are 19 and younger are eligible for free enrollment!

Register online: Email: Workshops offered include Prepared Childbirth and Parenting and Support Group for Teen Parents.

Dates and times will vary based on the need of each teen parent!

Building with the Lions

Families are invited to drop by the Library’s Jones Meeting Center the second Saturday of every month between 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. for Building with the Lions. You can build creations using LEGO blocks and other construction materials. Your creations will be displayed in the Children’s Library. This program is facilitated by the Johnson City Lions Club.

Babywearing Library and Coaching

The Parenting Sweet has a variety of wraps, slings, buckle carriers, and more for parents’ convenience! Come in to try out different styles and learn the best fit for you and your baby.

Contact us at to learn more!

Upcoming Parenting Opportunities

Meet other parents and caregivers, gain and give support and knowledge!

  • MOMS R Us registering now for classes – FREE, IN PERSON
  • Attached at the Heart parenting program – FREE, ONLINE, IN PERSON
  • Mom Power Series by Families Free – FREE, IN PERSON
  • Tricities Parenting in-person meetup, Sundays at 3:30PM at the Parenting Sweet – FREE, ONLINE, IN PERSON
  • Family Playtime being held in local libraries – FREE, IN PERSON
  • AHH Babies breastfeeding in-person meetup on Fourth Tuesdays at the YWCA – FREE, IN PERSON

Visit the Parenting Sweet Program Notion Catalog for Details and Registration or email! Don’t see a class you need? Let us know!

Parenting Sweet is here to help make parenting sweet!

Parents get connected to support and information because learning about parenting and getting support does make a difference. If you would you like to continue receiving Parenting Sweet, you’ll need to be sure to sign up on the website. If you know a parent, caregiver, grandparent, or anyone who cares about children, share the sign-up link with them and help them find all that’s great for children and families in our community. Past issues and all the events are available anytime on the Blog.

Support for this program is provided by Ballad Population Health Community Health Initiative and Bristol Public Housing. Parenting Sweet Team: Samantha Gray, Lily Royston, Susan Turner, Emily Macbeth, Katherine Wilson-Thompson, Melissa Roberts, and Margaret Feierabend. Have information to share? Submit it to


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