Parenting Programs

Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides practical support to help parents and guardians learn parenting skills so they will be more confident and more competent leaders within their families.

Peer Parenting Program

Using evidence-informed curriculum and led by a parent educator, Peer Parenting Program (P3) brings together parents who have similar parenting needs to educate parents on health and safety, child guidance and development, family management, personal development and other topics related to successful parenting. P3 stems from the belief that parents can, and do: learn from each other; give one another support; need to be free to make informed decisions about their families and can cooperate in groups while maintaining their individuality.

There are three P3 programs, each using the same curriculum and geared toward the needs of the parents within the group.

  • P3 Young Families for parents ages 13 to 25
  • P3 Growing Families for parents ages 26 and older, grandparents raising grandchildren, or other family members who take an active role in the parenting of children
  • P3 Special Needs group, for parents or caregivers raising children living with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities.

P3 groups meet once a week in-person at various locations around San Antonio, or virtually. Enrollment is free. Both in-person and virtual groups are eligible for a free annual field trip.

In-Person Groups
A complimentary meal and child care are provided and transportation assistance is available on request. English, Spanish and bilingual groups are available.

Virtual Groups
Virtual classes are one hour and parent educators are available to assist with accessing Zoom. English, Spanish and bilingual groups are available.

Please note: During these difficult times when it is very important to practice social distancing, Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ Parenting team remains available to provide practical support the help parents and guardians learn parenting skills so they will be more confident and more competent leaders within their families. Our team is offering a variety of virtual parenting classes via Zoom that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. Click the tab below for a full list of our virtual classes.

Not ready for a Zoom class but interested in learning cost-effective ways to keep your kids busy at home? Join the Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ Parenting team as they share fun activities  to do with your children using everyday materials. Click here to select from a list of videos to keep your child entertained.

Parents as Teachers® home visitation programParents as Teachers

As a Parents as Teachers® affiliate, Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides bimonthly personal home visits to families and monthly group connection events focused on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. The program supports parents throughout pregnancy until their children enter school full-time providing health, hearing, vision and developmental screenings for eligible children using approved screening tools and methods. The program also connects families to resources and help them overcome any barriers to accessing those resources.

Enrollment is free. A complimentary meal is provided during monthly group connection events. Transportation assistance is available. English and Spanish visitations are available. The program is available in Bexar and Guadalupe counties.

Parents Helping Parents Support Groups

Parents Helping Parents is an early education program based on the belief that parents are the first teachers and best advocates for their children. Parents are taught a fact-based curriculum on health safety, child development, child guidance, family management and personal growth.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Parents raising teens;
  • Parents with children 3 to 12; and
  • Teen parents

The Parents Helping Parents model can be implemented by church communities or community partners interested in developing parenting resources in their area. Each site identifies two volunteers to facilitate the Parents Helping Parents model for a 12-week span (group meeting times vary by location; Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides training and technical support to the volunteer group facilitators).

To attend a support group, you must be a parent or child caregiver who has the desire to learn and share experiences, a positive attitude and respect for others’ opinions and beliefs. English and Spanish groups are available. To learn more, call 1-800-959-6673 and ask for the Parenting Program Manager.