Community Workshops

Looking for some new insight, tips, tools or ideas on parenting or child development? Invite one of PEP’s certified parent educators to speak at your event!

PEP’s certified parent educators are available to speak at PTA meetings, preschool parent nights, business lunches and other gatherings of parents, teachers and others who work with children. 

As parents themselves, PEP parent educators share practical skills with warmth, humor and professionalism. They have helped thousands of people understand parenting issues and how to apply concepts and strategies to parenting challenges.

PEP Introductory Talks  

PEP’s Introductory Talks provide parents with an overview of PEP’s parenting approach as well as new strategies that parents can try right away with their children.

We are able to offer PEP Introductory Talks to public schools and community-based nonprofits at the discounted fee of $275 (thanks to PEP donors!).  

Hosts may schedule up to 2 of these talks during a school calendar year. This is a great way to introduce PEP to parents at your school or organization and gauge their interest in further parenting programs. 

Choose from the 4 topics listed below. These workshops provide an overview of positive parenting techniques and can be adapted to a broad range of ages, from preschoolers to teens. 

Positive Discipline

Move away from punishment and toward using encouragement, consequences, limits and agreements, for an approach to discipline that stimulates cooperation and self-restraint. 

Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me?

Are you tired of saying the same things over and over and not getting results? Do you find yourself giving in to your kids’ demands and/or yelling at them? Get a taste of PEP’s approach to positive discipline, plus specific actions you can take to gain your children’s cooperation without nagging, bribing or yelling. 

Power Tools for Power Struggles 

Frequent power struggles, whether between adults or between parents and children, impact relationships. Learn what happens when a conflict develops and gain some insights into redirecting that energy in ways that tend to solve problems and bring people closer.

Raising “I Can” Kids

Tired of hearing the words ‘I can’t’? Looking for ways to empower your children with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude? Learn strategies to increase your child’s sense of feeling connected, capable, competent and courageous.

To arrange an Introductory Talk, please contact us at and provide the following information: 

  1. the topic of your choice
  2. your organization and address
  3. a proposed date and time for your program (and an alternate possible date, if available).

Interested in providing parents with more PEP programs at your school, community organization, or corporation? 

We know that many of the challenges and concerns that lead parents and schools to PEP — taming anxiety and stress, tackling screen time, handling daily transitions (school, bedtime) without yelling — become less problematic when parents have the complete toolkit of approaches to foster their child’s independence, resilience, and cooperation. 

Please contact Colleen Reed at or 301-929-8824 for more information.

Parent Encouragement Program
10100 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895