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2020/2021 Classes – Our Positive Parenting classes will continue to be held online via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Once you call and register for a class, you will receive an email with details, Zoom link and instructions. Thank you for staying home and staying safe!

Thursdays, July 2 – September 17 (6:30-8:30pm for 12 weeks) with Otis Ward.

Mondays, July 6 – September 28 (6:30-8:30pm for 10 weeks; no class 9/7) with Michael Lewis.

Tuesdays, July 21 – August 25 (6:30-8:30pm for 6 weeks) in SPANISH with Juan Cuba.

Click HERE to see the full schedule of all Positive Parenting classes July 2020 through June 2021.

To register, call our Parenting Stress Helpline at 800-829-3777. Note: Referrals/requests for service are not accepted via email. Class details and Zoom link will be given via email after registration.

Our Positive Parenting Class curriculum is strength based and is grounded in the Protective Factors for building strong families. It is designed to provide parents with an understanding of parenting skills and knowledge, particularly in the areas of child development, communication, positive parenting practices and self-awareness, while emphasizing the importance of self-care and parental resilience. Our goal is to provide parents with the tools they need to create a strong, healthy, safe, and nurturing environment.

Classes are provided in a 12 week series of 2 hour classes in Oakland, San Leandro and Fremont, CA. Our classes are offered in English and Spanish and serve all of Alameda County. Free childcare is provided onsite.

Family Paths embraces Alameda County Fathers Corps’ Father-Friendly Principles.

Our parenting classes are appropriate for all types of parents:

  • Parents of children of all ages
  • Fathers
  • Mothers
  • Foster and adoptive parents
  • LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Assexual) parents
  • Kinship care providers*
  • Parents in the reunification process with their children
  • Expecting parents
  • Others involved in parenting roles

*Kinship care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives, godparents, step-parents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child.

Class sessions run July-June in Oakland, San Leandro and Fremont.

Payment Options:

In order to make our parenting classes as accessible as possible, we offer two fee options:

  • Free for those who qualify
  • Sliding scale – Fee is based on household income

To make a payment online: Family Paths Client Payment Form


Family Paths is honored to be the first agency in Alameda County to be certified providers of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors (AP/OD). AP/OD is a comprehensive evidence based 10-session parenting education program, grounded in the “popular education” approach to engage parents. The curriculum promotes school readiness, family well-being, and advocacy, best practices in brain and early childhood development (cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional), early literacy, bilingualism, early math, positive use of technology, attendance, civic engagement, parent leadership, goal setting, and planning for family success. The goal of the curriculum is to equip parents/ caregivers with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to support their children’s success and to be effective advocates on behalf of their families.

Family Paths’ Family Support Program Manager Julianne Rositas and Parent Educator, Debora Roca, were the first certified facilitators of AP/OD in Alameda County as well as certified trainers for other facilitators. With a 3-year grant from Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, we are offering classes for parents in Oakland Head Start sites.

 We are proud to be a national partner of AP/OD! Read their 10-Year Report.

As a result of our AP/OD leadership, First 5 Alameda County and the Oakland Starting Smart and Strong Initiative reached out to us to provide a 3-day training on AP/OD to 20 other partner agencies throughout the county in early 2017. This project was made possible by the sponsorship of the Oakland Public Education Fund, with funding provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, as well as funding by First 5 Alameda County. With additional support from the Packard Foundation, we were able to extend the training to include a 12-month learning community project, facilitated by Juli and Debora, to support providers in utilizing and implementing the principles of AP/OD so that their programs can be successful. We are thrilled to be at the helm of rolling out this exciting and innovative curriculum! Learn more at http://ap-od.org/home.

This project is made possible by the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth and the Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation.

Fatherhood Program

NEXT SESSION – SPRING 2020:

April 15 thru May 20 ~ Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm taught in English with Michael Lewis. Location TBA.

TO REGISTER: Call our Parenting Stress Helpline at 1-800-829-3777.

CLICK HERE to check out the new Fatherhood pages on our website.

We are proud to introduce our new fatherhood programming, Fatherhood and Co-parenting: Beyond Conflict, a FREE 6-week program. Guided by empathy, gratitude, reliability, and purpose, our curriculum is designed to build confidence and enhance dads’ ability to meet the challenges of the co-parenting experience. This program benefits fathers living in the home as well as those living separately.
Topics include:

  • Understanding co-parenting
  • Positive communication skills
  • Child development and the important role of fathers
  • Co-parenting vs. parallel parenting
  • Navigating the child support system and family court system

The program includes dinner and childcare, gift card for each session attended, certificate of completion for attending all 6 sessions, “check-in” calls between sessions, and the opportunity to work individually with our Certified Professional Empowerment Coach.


Funded by Greater Good Science Center


Parenting Workshops

Family Paths also offers parent education workshops on specialized topics to schools, community groups and other agencies at a reasonable fee. Some of the topics include:

  • Stress Management and Self-Care
  • Positive Parenting Strategies
  • Discipline and Logical Consequences
  • The Brain and Child Development

Our experienced instructors can provide an individual parenting workshop or work with you to create a parenting workshop series that meets the parenting needs of your population.

For more information contact Juli Rositas, Family Support Program Manager at JRositas@familypaths.org


MEET THE EDUCATORS

Michael Lewis

Michael J. Lewis is our Fatherhood Parent Education Specialist, leading our new Fatherhood & Co-parenting: Beyond Conflict series. Michael has 4 years’ Fatherhood Engagement Specialist training and is certified as a Fatherhood Mentor and Specialist by the Fathers Corps. of First 5 Alameda County. In addition to being a father of 3, Michael has over 10 years’ experience working with Youth and Families for various Community Based Organizations in the Bay Area, including 4 years as a mental health counselor at La Cheim School in Richmond, Ca and 4+ years with Youth Alive! of Oakland as a Trauma Informed Care Advocate for Juvenile Justice-involved Youth and families of at-risk youth. Additionally, Michael has been training young men of color for over 8 years as a Life Aptitude Specialist.

Otis Ward

Otis D. Ward Jr. brings over 25 years of experience in Community Base Management, Case Management, and Program Development supporting families through his work with organizations in Alameda and San Francisco counties. As a Certified Facilitator and strong motivational speaker, Otis has directed individuals to seek personal goals and achievements, while building their self confidence. A few of the many organizations Otis has either managed or supported over the past 25 years include Operation HOPE, Inc., Alameda County Associated Community Action Program, Alameda County Social Services Agency One Stop Career Centers, Employment Workforce, CalWorks programs, San Francisco County of The Treasurer Office, and Alameda Alliance for Health.

Juan Cuba

Juan Cuba is a Health Educator who was a facilitator for Men Overcoming Violence (MOVE), the first batterer’s intervention program in San Francisco. Juan is the founder of the Men’s Support Group at La Clinica de La Raza, where he has been facilitating groups for more than 19 years. Juan has presented at national and international conferences on topics relating to male issues. He has been trained by Jerry Tello of the National Compadres Network, an organization that has been working with men for over 20 years, in the Cara y Corazon curriculum – a family strengthening, rebalancing, and community mobilization program. Juan has also been trained by Sal Nunez, PhD in the use of medicinal drumming circles to promote community healing, especially among young men. Juan is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, and possesses extensive experience working with those afflicted with depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use disorders.