ancsa 005Why in the world don’t new babies come with instructions? 
Fortunately, here in Central Virginia there are quite a few resources available to help you with the challenges of raising a child.
Here’s where to find some of them:

Need more?
In addition to the resources listed below, parenting classes are also offered in a number of other settings throughout the area. Suggested places to look include: hospitals, local churches and synagogues, adult education centers and community colleges. With all of the resources available on this subject, you’re bound to find what you are looking for if you take a little bit of time to look around.

expecting-thBesides these organized programs, there is one very important thing to remember: The most important thing you can give your child is a strong marriage between his or her parents. So don’t neglect your marriage for the sake of your child; in the long run that approach will not pay off for you, your spouse, or your child. Studies show that the level of marital satisfaction often falls when a new child enters a household. Protect against this by being proactive. One resource we strongly recommend is a book entitled “Becoming Parents – How to Strengthen Your Marriage as Your Family Grows”, by Drs. Pamela Jordan, Scott Stanley, and Howard Markman. Here is a description of the book:
“Not just another parenting book, “Becoming Parents” teaches newborn parents to take good care of each other! Based on cutting-edge research on the experiences of men and women as they become parents and what makes happy healthy marriages, “Becoming Parents” is truly a survival course for couples. Within these pages expectant couples will discover the keys to taking care of themselves as individuals, taking care of their couple relationship, relating to their baby, and dealing with the many ways becoming parents impacts their lives”.


A series of FREE Parenting Education Classes is sometimes offered at the Campbell County Department of Social Services Building in Rustburg. Parents of children any age are encouraged to participate. That includes all parents: married, single, step, grand and custodial. Topics of instruction typically include: self-esteem, role modeling, communication, discipline techniques, sibling rivalry, stress management, and children in the middle. Classes offer a variety of lectures, discussions, videos and activities. To register or obtain further information, please contact Mark Yudowitch (434-332-9752) at Social Services . Please leave your name and telephone number. While priority is given to Campbell County residents, others may attend as space is available.

Child Care will not be provided.



Help with BREAST feeding Your Baby

Best Start Parenting Center offers training and information on breastfeeding, care of newborns, doctors and clinics, birthing centers, newborn and maternity apparel. All services are by appointment – please call 434-384-6262 (434-384-MAMA) to schedule your lactation consultation, breastpump rental, hospital visit, office visit or home visit, or if you have any further questions. Or find them on the web at

Virginia Cooperative Extension Classes

Virginia Cooperative Extension has classes and programs in parenting education. They strengthen families by increasing parenting skills in the areas of positive discipline, self-esteem development, communication, decision making, problem solving, and knowledge of child development and appropriate age expectations. Programs include:

  • Families First: Keys to Successful Family Functioning
  • Raising Kids of Character
  • Becoming a Love and Logic Parent
  • Parenting to Promote Positive Self-Esteem
  • Positive Approaches to Discipline
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Characteristics of Strong Families
For more information, contact: Jan L. Baker, Extension Agent, Family & Community Sciences, 100 Goodwin St. (PO Box 580) Amherst VA 24521. Phone: (434) 946-9365. Fax: (434) 946-9404. Email: janblank@vt.eduOr, you can call your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension to leave a message:
Amherst – (434) 946-9365
Appomattox – (434) 352-8244
Bedford – (540) 586-7675
Campbell – (434) 332-9538
Lynchburg – (434) 847-1585

The Parent Center of Horizon Behavioral Health

The Parent Center of Horizon Behavioral Health is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of families through educational and supportive programs, such as:

  • Strengthening Families: a 15-session course for parents and children, 6-12 years old. For only $35 it includes a family meal, separate activities for parents and children, and fun family time.
  • STEP (Systematic Training for Parents of children ages 0-12): a 6-week course designed to enhance parenting skills.
  • Support Groups
  • Educational programs
  • Counseling
  • Recreational Activities
  • Parent Council
  • Program for Teen Parents: parenting education, interpersonal and educational support, recreation and case management.

For more information, call them at (434) 948-4867 or check out their website: Class schedules are available on a monthly basis.


Also, take a look at our section for Parents of Teens.