Make Parenting Sweet!

Welcome to the Parenting Sweet!

Your one-stop shop for

Proven & quality programs
Free & low-cost resources
Online & in-person workshops
Meetup groups & referrals
Connection & friendship
Ease & assurance

that make Parenting Sweet!

Guiding Good Choices
Parenting Workshops

Online Sessions on Saturdays at 4PM!
Guiding Good Choices is a parenting workshop designed for parents and caregivers of students in 4th through 9th grades. Participants will learn how to strengthen family bonds through family meetings and fun activities together, help kids say no to drugs and resist peer pressure, set family guidelines and manage anger and family conflicts.
*Classes are currently held online. 
Guiding Good Choices
To learn about classes contact ParentingSweet@AppalachianPromise.org.

Attached at the Heart
Parenting Program

Online Sessions Thursdays at 7:30 PM,
Online & In-Person on Sundays at 4PM!

Attached at the Heart parenting education curriculum serves parents and caregivers of children from prenatal through 5 years of age. It offers practical and critical parenting information and support based in more than 70 years of research and experience, as well as promotes the critical role of attachment in resiliency and empathy. 
*Classes are currently held online or in-person.
To learn about classes contact ParentingSweet@AppalachianPromise.org.

Attached at the Heart Parenting Program:
Educator Training

Wednesdays at 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST
Running June 5 through 26, 2024
Be trained to become an instructor!
*Sessions are held online.
Do you work with parents or plan to? Train with us! Training June 2024 Wednesdays 8:30 - 12:30. Apply now! Attached at the Heart Parenting Program. Raising Connected and Compassionate Children. CEUs available. 20 hours live-online. Professional Network. Research-based content.

Browse Parenting Programs

Browse parenting programs throughout the region, available online and in-person.
Once opened, our database can be filtered to search area parenting/caregiver programs by Child Age, Location, Dates, Online versus In-person, Free versus Cost, Provider, Support versus Class, and more. 

Unsure where to start? Try selecting one of the categories below!

Free and Low Cost
Expecting and Newborns
Parenting Preschoolers
Online Class or Group
Teens Parenting
Evening Classes

Parenting Sweet Monthly Newsletter

Our monthly e-news features regional activities for children of all ages and their parents and caregivers, to make Parenting Sweet!

Parenting Events Calendar

Prime Your Parenting

Parenting Prime Time - You're invited to meet other parents and caregivers! Free parenting nurturing for everyone! Drop-in parent prime times! No commitment required! Prime your parenting!

Wherever you are in your parenting journey, we have Parenting Prime Times, where you can come to talk about your experiences and gain feedback without being judged or criticized.

I need friends who can relate!
I’m feeling so alone.
Challenging behavior has me at the end of my rope.
I want a judgment-free zone to ask questions and share stories.
Will someone listen to my tiny victories?
Am I doing anything right?
I’m overwhelmed.
There’s so much yelling.

Parenting Educator Network

Visit our page for Parenting Educators to learn more.

Appalachian Promise Alliance - Parent Educator Network - visit page

Meet the Parenting Sweet Team

Samantha Gray

Samantha Gray

Parenting Program Coordinator

Samantha Gray is our coordinator for Appalachian Promise Alliance’s Parenting Education Network and the former Executive Director of Nurturings. She served on the Appalachian Promise Alliance Board of Directors for 15 years and is passionate about helping parents and children flourish with community support and evidenced-informed understanding and practices. Samantha has worked as a parenting educator for 22 years and has worked with youth and parents for even longer. She is certified in the Nurturing Parenting Program, Crianza Con Carino, Attached at the Heart Parenting Education Program, Guiding Good Choices, Supporting School Success, Lifeskills, an accredited La Leche League Leader, completed Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders training, and a certified babywearing consultant with the Center for Babywearing Studies. She holds an MA in International Development, with a focus in Communication for Development, from The George Washington University, and is a member of the National Parenting Education Network.
Lily Royston

Lily Royston

Parenting Program Manager

Newly married and recently graduated, Elizabeth “Lily” Royston is looking to make a mark on her hometown region. Lily has a lifelong passion for people, especially youth and children, finding joy in making connections and fostering care into the hearts of others. She is always looking for new perspectives and a better understanding of the world around her. Joining our team with a B.A. in Media and Mass Communications, she hopes to help our Parenting Program grow to new depths and reach more people.

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