​​​​​​Counselors' Corner

Mission: To provide a learning culture that is focused on academic achievement, career and college planning and personal/social development.

Vision: Prairie is a place where diversity is always recognized, honored and celebrated.​

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kelly whalen

Kelley Whalen

Comm.1

720-747-3064

tami watkins

Tami Watkins

Comm.2

720-747-3033

julius boyd

Julius Boyd

Comm. 3

720-747-3123

michael heckendorn

Michael Heckendorn

Comm. 3

720-747-3089


         
Reduced Rate Parenting Classes

Education is one of the most effective ways of improving the skills of parents, strengthening the family, and preventing child abuse and neglect. And it is even more effective when administered early in the parenting role, before any situations have arisen to threaten the stability of the home environment.

Families First has received a grant which allows us to offer our parenting classes at rates which are below our usual fees of $60 for a single and $90 for a couple. For your information and understanding, I will share that the cost to Families First for each parenting class attendee is $200, so we are very pleased that we can offer these classes at an even greater reduction than is usual.

We are encouraging parents to consider taking a course, even if all is fine at home. None of us has been taught, except by our parents, how to parent our children, and the skills that are learned are effective in dealing with all relationships in our lives, not just with our children.

Registration is easy and accomplished by calling Families First at 303-745-0327. The attendee must ask for financial assistance when they register and will be helped through the process by Families First staff.

Currently, our class listing includes: A+ Parenting; Constructive Parenting; Parenting with Confidence; ABC's of Parenting; Becoming a Love and Logic Parent; 1,2,3,4 Parents; and Appreciating Your Adolescent.

For a schedule of classes, you may click on the link below:
http://www.FamiliesFirstColorado.org/current_classes.html


Community Resources:

* Clothes To Kids of Denver: Do you have children in Preschool-12th grade in need of clothing?​ Any student in the Denver Metro Area who qualifies for free or reduced price lunch at school also qualifies for free clothing at Clothes To Kids of Denver. 

  • Eligible students receive: ​​* 5 new pairs of underwear * 5 new pairs of socks *5 tops *4 pants, shorts or skirts * 1 jacket * 1 dress (optional) *1 pair of shoes.  Please visit the web site for more inoformation. www.clothestokidsdenver.org 

*Judi's House-bereavement support groups for grieving children and teens:
www.judishouse.org

*Aurora Mental Health-A private, nonprofit community mental health organization serving people with a wide range of mental health needs:
www.aumhc.org

*Juvenile Assessment Center- provides services to youth residing in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. The program accepts self referrals as well as referrals from the Department of Human Services, Probation, Courts, schools within the 18th Judicial District and law enforcement agencies:
www.Jac18.org

*Aurora Youth Options- Works with middle and high school aged youth and their families to navigate, connect and provide positive, individualized resources to help youth thrive:
www.aurorayouthoptions.org

*Wiz Quiz-provides fast, accurate drug testing for probation, social services, concerned parents, schools, treatment agencies and employers:
www.wiz-quiz.com

*Dealing with Divorce- a resource on the Children's Hospital website to help children deal with divorce:
www.childrenscolorado.org/wellness/info/teens/20970.aspx

*Co-Parenting After Divorce- A website to help you by offering a full array of services from court ordered parenting after divorce classes, to counseling; from mediation, to child and family investigative services; from phone coaching to parenting coordinator/decision maker options:
www.NewBeginningsCoParenting.com

 *Everything you need to know about parental controls, the best age-appropriate games and apps, and other strategies for keeping kids safe online.

www.commonsensemedia.org

*Practical solutions to help you replace screen time with fun, family-centric activities.

www.familiesmanagingmedia.com

Want to combat a cyber-bully?  Teach your kids how to stay safe while playing Pokemon Go? The Family online Safetey Institute publishes thoughtful, up-to-the-minute advice.

www.fosi.org

*Eye-opening reaserch and parenting ideas from Devorah Heitner, PH.D., the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World.

www.raisingdigitalnatives.com

*Kids Alive-Support for children of parents with cancer. 303-985-4788 or 303-778-5832.

*Community Resource Guide – A guide with hundreds of resources.
www.da18.org