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.

Parenting is Hard!

Could You Use Some Love and Logic®?


Do you find parenting to be the most challenging yet rewarding responsibility? Could you use some help to establish a positive discipline foundation in your home? Lee's Summit CARES offers the popular Becoming a Love and Logic Parent classes developed by the Cline Fay Institute.

Love and Logic ® Classes

Cost: $50, Scholarships Available


Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!

For parents of children ages 0-6

Mondays, April 8 - May 6
6:30pm - 8pm
Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center
905 NE Bluestem

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

Thursdays, Jan. 24 - Feb. 21
6:30pm - 8pm
Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center
905 NE Bluestem

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 11-18

Wednesdays, Feb.20 - Mar. 13
6:30pm - 8pm
Summit Lakes Middle School
3500 SW Windemere Dr.

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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Positive Parenting Practices

Scholarships Available


Technology and Children
  • Cost: $10 per person

Screen Time and the Developing Brain

Thursday, Jan. 17 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Great Beginnings Early Education Center

In this rapidly changing world, our children are now spending on average six to eight hours in front of an electronic screen. In this workshop we will discuss the risks and challenges our children face in the plugged-in, technologically evolving world. We will discuss strategies and tools to help us know how to keep our children progressing along a safe and healthy development path.

Presenter: Dr. Gary Boxer, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Trauma Informed Care
  • Cost: $10 per person

Trauma Informed Care: Developing Resilience Through Education and Mindfulness

February 13, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Summit Ridge Academy

Developing an understanding of the growing body of research in the area of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care is essential in working with students in today's educational environment. Through this presentation participants will gain an understanding of what Trauma is, what causes it, and what can be done to prevent it and/or reverse its effects through an understanding of what Trauma Informed Care is. Participants will learn the importance of self-care and resilience and leave with some practical and easily applicable tools to use at home, at school, or at work.

Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Cost: FREE for a limited time

Introduction to Mindfulness

March 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Longview Farm Elementary

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.

Social Media from a Teen Perspective
  • Cost: $10

Social Media From a Teen Perspective

April 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bernard Campbell Middle School

Trying to navigate the ever-changing world of social media can be a challenge. Learn from Lee's Summit CARES' teen Youth Advisory Board members about popular apps, social media trends and what parents need to know.



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.

A Parent University Special Presentation

Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention:
A Community Conversation


Recorded November 11, 2017
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