Parenting Classes in Fargo & Moorhead

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Are you a new or expecting mom, eager to learn all you can about raising your baby?

Do you have a child entering a new age group and want to gain wisdom from experts on how to navigate those changes?

Or, maybe you just want to connect with other parents and grow your parenting skills.

If so, many resources are available for parenting classes in Fargo and Moorhead. Providing the opportunity to learn new parenting techniques while engaging in community with other moms and parents in the area.

Parenting Classes in Fargo & Moorhead

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) 

Moorhead Community Education offers several courses through ECFE that are available to any local residents. Courses are available during the daytime, evenings, and weekends to fit your busy schedule.

The whole family can attend these classes. This gives your kids a chance to play and learn from others, while you connect with other parents and gain parenting insights from a family educator. Parent-Child Separating courses include a breakout session just for the parents, while kids are supervised in a preschool setting and engaging in meaningful play. Whereas, Parent-Child Non-Separating courses keep parents and their kids in the same classroom throughout the entire session, where they learn and play together. And School Readiness courses help preschool kids to prepare for school.

Most courses are available for families with children ages birth to age five. Classes are open to anyone in the Fargo-Moorhead area, but Moorhead school district residents do receive a discounted rate.

Visit the Moorhead Community Education website for more information and to register for classes.

Sanford Health

Sanford provides classes to families in our community, free of charge. While many of the classes are focused on new or expecting parents, there are also several classes for parents of older children or teens.

Unique classes such as Baby Sign Language and Infant Massage provide opportunities to acquire new skills. And they also offer free fitness classes for expecting and postpartum moms! Visit the Sanford website for “Fargo” or “parenting” to see all they have to offer.

NDSU Extension

NDSU offers a variety of classes that are free for North Dakota residents. Current parent education opportunities can be found on their website, including classes in the Nurtured Heart Approach.

The Village Family Service Center

The Village offerings classes in “Parenting the Love & Logic Way” on occasion This course gives parents tools to address arguing and back talk, setting limits appropriately, and other parenting struggles with older children.

Online Courses

While not local to the FM area, there are dozens of online options for parents to learn skills, techniques, and ideas to add to their parenting toolbox. Some examples of online options that I have found to be helpful are:

  • Our Mama Village focuses on gentle parenting and providing an emotionally safe and nurturing home for your children.
  • Big Little Feelings provides skills concerning emotional regulation specifically for toddlers.
  • Feeding Littles emphasizes feeding techniques and help with picky eating for babies, toddlers, and older kids.

Parenting is far from easy (see “Mom of the Year”: Stories of Imperfect Parenting from Real Moms, for some examples)!

So help yourself out and take the time this year to try one of these parenting classes in Fargo. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other parents, learn new ideas, and continue to create a safe, loving, and supportive home for your children.

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Hannah Osland
Hannah is a proud mom to Walter (2022), and is married to her loving husband Jordan. Originally from the Twin Cities, Hannah relocated to Fargo in 2018 and currently resides in Moorhead. Hannah has had the privilege of being a foster mom to two wonderful children. As a hospice RN, she is passionate about promoting comfort, meaning, and joy across all stages of life. Her happy place is sitting next to any body of water with a hot cup of coffee and a great book.


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