Parent University


Empowering Positive Parenting


Lee’s Summit CARES has partnered with ReDiscover for 18 years to provide sound parenting resources at an affordable cost. Workshops are designed to help with parenting children ages birth to adult and are facilitated by experts on a variety of topics. In addition, Lee's Summit CARES offers the popular Becoming a Love and Logic Parent classes developed by the Cline Fay Institute.

A Parent University Special Presentation

Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: A Community Conversation

Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Lee's Summit City Hall, 220 E. Green St.

A panel discussion by mental health professionals and suicide prevention advocates, including:

Drs. Steven and Karen Arkin, St. Luke's Hospital
Terry Trafton, CommCare
Marsha Palmer-Thelwell, ReDiscover
Chief Travis Forbes, Lee's Summit Police Department
Dr. Edwin Kraemer, Truman Medical Center - Lakewood

Q/A session to follow the panel discussion | Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Resource Fair

All are welcome, but space is limited.

Love and Logic ® Classes

Cost: $50, Scholarships Available


Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!

For parents of children ages 0-6

Mondays, October 2 - October 30
6:30pm - 8pm
Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center

Raising children from birth to adulthood is a remarkable undertaking, especially considering that infants do not come with operating instructions. In this class designed specifically for parents of young children (birth - 6 years), learn effective ways to establish a positive discipline foundation in your home. Common behavior issues will be addressed such as - arguing and whining, bedtime, picky eater and getting your child to listen the first time.

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Parenting the
Love and Logic Way

For parents of any age children

Mondays, April 2 - April 30
6:30pm - 8pm
Prairie View Elementary School

Do you find parenting to be the most challenging yet rewarding responsibility? Could you use some fresh ideas to put an end to arguing, whining and backtalk? Would you like your kids to listen the first time? Be more responsible? You're not alone! Whether things are going well or you could use some help, join us to learn more practical and proven strategies for raising kids that are respectful, responsible and fun to be around.

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Parenting the
Love and Logic Way

For parents of children ages 10-19

Tuesdays, January 9 - January 30
6:30pm - 8pm
Pleasant Lea Middle School

When parenting youth, the focus is often on the early years. However, as youth transition through adolescence to adulthood, their parental needs change. Wise parents learn how to adapt their parenting approach to guide their teens toward a successful future. Join us and learn effective ways to communicate with your teen, set limits you can enforce, increase school motivation and much more!

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Parent University Workshops

Scholarships Available


Mindful Parenting
  • Cost: FREE for a limited time

Mindful Parenting 101

Online Streaming Class

Parenting is the most rewarding job we will ever have, but it's also the hardest. The ability to BE PRESENT is difficult, but with a little understanding and easy practices, it’s possible! Learn the basics about mindfulness and how it relates to parenting, the incredible benefits associated, and take away a simple mindful practice you can begin implementing today!

Brought to you in partnership with Mindful Momentum.

Healthy Eating
  • Cost: $10 per person

Quick and Healthy Meals For Families On the Go

October 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Richardson Elementary School (Media Center)

Do you struggle with meal planning and question what it means to eat a balanced diet? Applying and utilizing the MyPlate Method of eating helps ease the idea of counting calories, measuring food and is a useful tool to help meal plan for you and your family. Learn from your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian how to apply the MyPlate method for use in meal planning.

Adolescent Brain Development
  • Cost: $10 per person

Understanding Adolescent Brain Development

November 13, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Summit Lakes Middle School

Are you a parent of a tween or teen? Do you have questions about his or her behavior and some of the decisions they make? You are not alone! Join us for an important discussion about brain development during your child’s transition to adulthood. Learn how the process of brain maturation influences behavior and how you as a parent can provide some safeguards during this critical time.

Stress Management
  • Cost: $10 per person

Stress Management for Busy Families

Monday, March 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Prairie View Elementary

Families today are on the go, moving from one activity to the next. For many parents, planning the family schedule is much like completing a Suduko puzzle. The parent work schedule, youth activities, homework, food preparation and other commitments are pushing many parents to their stress threshold. Join us and learn how stress is impacting you and your family and steps you can take to reduce the stress in your life.



Scholarships are available for families that meet certain criteria.

Lunch and Learn


Host a Parent University Workshop at your place of business or for your organization.