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Geary County Modern Parenting Initiative Classes

Purposeful Parenting Classes

The emphasis of MPI classes is on encouraging parents to hone their skills in communicating with their children, aid in the prevention of substance abuse and other behavior problems teens are often lured into, encourage pro-social behavior in their children, increase academic success in youth, and prevent violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school.  More than anyone else parents are the experts on their children.  Rather than emphasizing something dramatically new, MPI group activities are designed to support the awakening of things parents likely already know. 

Strengthening Families Program (SFP7-17)
This program is offered for parents from the community who have a wider age range of children they are raising.  SFP is for ALL families - not just those that are struggling.  The program emphasizes the parenting skills of Bonding, setting Boundaries, and Monitoring, and is designed for all parents who desire to improve family relationships and develop a family prevention program to keep their kids safe from alcohol and drug use.  It was specifically created to correct the following youth Risk Factors:

  • Neglect; lack of love, care & support
  • Family conflict
  • Difficulties in communicating respectfully
  • Lax or harsh discipline
  • Lack of supervision
  • Substance use by parents (or child)
  • Stressful life events
  • Exposure to violence/abuse
  • Low expectations for school success/failure at school
  • Lack of family customs, traditions
  • Low selff-esteem

For an overview of the sessions, click HERE.


Frequently Asked Questions About the SFP 7-17 Program

Can I take this class online?
  • Yes. Courses are offered either online or in person, depending on the class schedule. Only one class is offered at a time - typically one in the fall and one in the spring.

How can I get more information?
  • You can download a flyer HERE. Or, you can reach us at the Geary County K-State Research & Extension Office at 785-238-4161.
How do I register?
  • Call the Geary County Extension Office at 785-238-4161 to get the dates and times for classes.   You can download the current registration form HERE.
What age group does this focus on?
  • The class is for parents with children ages toddler to teen.  The concepts explored in the class are inclusive in nature and would be appropriate for any family configuration.
How much does it cost?
  • The class is made up of multiple sessions.  To receive a certificate of completion, all sessions must be attended.  A registration fee  is also required at $40 per family for the virtual class and $40 per adult for the in person class.
What if the class has already started?
  • You can begin the class any week you want!  However, in order to complete the course, you will need to attend ALL sessions. The class is offered several times a year and missed sessions can be picked up at the next offered class.
Do you provide transportation or childcare?
  • For our in person classes, we do not have childcare or transportation available. Children ages 7-17 are encouraged to attend.  However, children under the age of 7 are not permitted to attend the classes with their parent(s) due to the design of the program. For classes being delivered in a virtual format, we encourage you to make arrangements for young children to have an activity that you offer to keep them engaged so that you can fully participate in each session.


Contact Information

Deb Andres
Phone | 785.238.4161
Fax | 785.238.7166