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, Sept. 24 - Oct. 22
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

Additional classes coming this fall

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

Mondays, Nov. 12 - Dec. 3
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Pleasant Lea Middle School
630 SW Persels Rd.

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


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.

Positive Discipline Strategies for Young Children
  • Cost:$10 per person

Positive Discipline Strategies for Young Children

September 10, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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. This class is designed specifically for parents of young children, birth through six years. Join us for a brief overview of the well-known parenting program Love and Logic. To learn more Love and Logic techniques and philosophies sign up for the full 5-week Love and Logic course offered later in the month.

How Parents Can Help Ease School Anxiety
  • Cost: $10 per person

How Parents Can Help Ease School Anxiety

September 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Greenwood Elementary School

This class will identify possible reasons a child is exhibiting school anxiety and help parents understand the differences between school anxiety and separation anxiety. We will discuss what happens in the body and brain when someone is anxious and identify strategies you can use with your children to calm the anxious brain.

Vaping
  • Cost: $10 per person

Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

October 3, 6:30pm - 8pm
Lee's Summit High School

What is juuling and is my child doing it? Nope, it isn't the latest dance craze, but a type of electronic cigarette. More than 1 in 4 Lee’s Summit students have used e-cigarettes, according to recent research. And they aren't just vaping water. This highly visual presentation will familiarize you with e-cigarette devices, discuss what students in Lee’s Summit are vaping, and equip you with health information so you can knowledgeably discuss the risks of use with your student.

Technology and Children
  • Cost: $10 per person

Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

October 15, 6:30pm - 8pm
Lee's Summit Police Department

Join us to discuss important ways to keep your kids safe online. During this session we will:

  • Review real life cases from the Lee's Summit Police Department showing various types of crime committed in Lee's Summit via the Internet and applications that access the Internet.
  • Introduce Parents to mobile applications and Internet applications that are frequently used by people in Lee's Summit to commit crimes.
  • Help build awareness for parents on what their kids are doing with mobile devices.
  • Advise parents on ways to make the internet & mobile device use a healthy experience for everyone.
Presenter: Detective Chad Albin, Criminal Investigations Unit

To Be a Teen in 2018
  • Cost: Free

To Be A Teen in 2018

November 5, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Pleasant Lea Middle School

Last spring, Lee’s Summit CARES asked nearly 500 students what it was like to be a teen in 2018. Lee’s Summit youth told us about their biggest struggles, who they turn to for support (their answers might surprise you!) and what personal traits they feel proud of. Hear from a panel of Youth Advisory Board members as they present the survey results and dig into some of the startling responses.



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