Parenting Education & Support

Parenting Education & Support

In addition to family and child counseling services, The Up Center offers a range of parent education and support services.



Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a model program that helps parents during the critical early years of their children’s lives, from conception to kindergarten. Through home visits and group meetings, we support parents in promoting school readiness and healthy development of their children.


For Children’s Sake is a co-parenting seminar that provides parents with skills to shield their children from the conflict of separation or divorce. It is recommended that each parent attend separate sessions. For Children’s Sake is approved for court mandated participants and all other parents undergoing separation or divorce procedures.

Course cost is $50/participant and pre-registration is required. Three locations are available:

Norfolk Office – 222 West 19th St., Norfolk, Va. 23509
Classes are held Wednesdays, Check in: 3:45 p.m., Class: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 12; Nov. 7

Portsmouth Office – 1805 Airline Blvd., Portsmouth, Va. 23707
Classes are held Tuesdays, Check in: 3:45 p.m., Class: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 7; Oct. 2; Dec. 4

Suffolk Office – 109.5 Clay St., Va. 23434
Classes are held Saturdays, Check in: 8:45 a.m., Class: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jul. 21; Aug. 18; Sept. 22; Oct. 13; Nov. 17; Dec. 15

Parenting groups

Makayla Farless

Counseling Services Intake Coordinator
(757) 965-8622
Early Childhood Home Visiting

Rosalind Hopkins

Prevention Services Supervisor
(757) 397-2121 x344

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