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Parenting Classes

Our parenting classes are provided in a 12 week series of 2 hour classes in Oakland, San Leandro and Fremont, CA. Our trained instructors work to create an environment of understanding and support, with a strong focus on self-care and stress management, so that parents are encouraged to learn new skills to meet their individual parenting challenges.
Our parenting classes are appropriate for all types of parents:

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

*Relative and non-relative 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 2018-June 2019 in Oakland, Fremont and San Leandro. Click HERE for a full schedule of classes for 2018-2019. To register, call our Parent Support & Resource Hotline at 800-829-3777. Note: Referrals/requests for service are not accepted via email. Class location details will be given at time of registration.

Our curriculum is designed to provide parents with an understanding of positive parenting practices and knowledge, particularly in the areas of child development, communication, positive discipline, and self-awareness. Our goal is to provide parents with the tools they need to create a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment.

Classes are offered in both English and Spanish and in several locations throughout Alameda County. Free childcare is provided onsite.

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

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

PARENTING_ParentEdTeachers_DeboraRoca-ChantalMyllymakijpgMEET THE EDUCATORS

Debora Roca

Debora Roca is a bilingual certified Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors Trainer and a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator. In her native Peru, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and worked with infants offering Early Stimulation sessions. Upon her arrival to the United States in 1992, she worked with children as a nanny and a Spanish teacher. She joined Family Paths in 1999 to work as a CalWORKs Outreach Worker and a Parent Education Instructor. Since then, she has been working with parents, child-care providers and other caregivers offering parenting workshops through adult schools, to families facing separation and divorce and during child-care provider support groups.

Chantal Myllymaki

Chantal Dubuisson-Myllymaki has both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Clinical Psychology, and is a third year student in pursuit of an Educational Doctorate Degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education/Student Services from Argosy University. She has served the Bayview Hunter’s Point and Alameda County communities for more than 30 years in counseling, and educating students from pre-school to high school aged children; at-risk parents and families; court mandated parents, staff as well as interns/volunteers. Some of the classes she has taught are Child Abuse Prevention Assessment Skills, Asthma Intervention, Leadership Skills, CPR & First Aid, Counseling Methods, Parenting Concepts, Cultural Responsiveness, and Motivational Interviewing Techniques. Ms. Dubuisson-Myllymaki completed an internship at Family Paths in 1988, and returned as an employee in 2000. For the past fifteen years at Family Paths she has supported children and families as a Parent Education Instructor teaching parent education classes, as a Case Management Specialist supervising on the Parent Support Hotline, as Respite Childcare Coordinator coordinating emergency respite childcare services, and training respite childcare providers, and Volunteer Recruiter & Pre-Service Trainer recruiting & training volunteers and Master’s level interns in crisis hotline counseling skills.

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


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 for Latino and non-Latino families. The curriculum consists of topics that range from early childhood development to school readiness. 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 children.

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.
AP/OD 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 will be 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 are 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.