Parenting Challenges

“At C4 I found a support system that helped me . . .
and allowed myself to bloom.” - Sharon

Sharon was helped by C4’s Art Therapy Program.

Our Services

Our Parenting Education Program (PEP) offers comprehensive services that include classes, home visits for individualized support, and peer support groups.

PEP is offered in English and Spanish. The core classes are offered in eight-week sessions with the content targeted to parents whose children are in four age groups: 0-3, 4-7, 7-12, 12-17. Parents learn communication skills, what to expect at age state of development, effective discipline strategies, and how to build better relationships with their children, self-care, including relaxation techniques to relieve stress, and other topics.

Lessons are reinforced during home visits by parent educators, who give specialized instruction and “hands-on” demonstrations in the home. This also gives parent educators the opportunity to observe if the family has special need for support services, such as substance use or mental health counseling, special educational services for children, help finding affordable housing, legal help, or furnishings. Referrals are then made for C4 services or programs offered by social service agencies.

After completing a session, parents are invited to join parent support groups where parents can continue to talk about their concerns in a supportive environment.

Classes are offered at C4 sites (4740 N. Clark and North Avenue) as well as in community health centers, schools, and public libraries.

Bus passes are available for parents and children. Children are welcome to attend supervised art activities while parents are in session.

For the latest PEP schedule, click here.

To view the PEP brochure in English, click here.

To view the PEP brochure in Spanish, click here (translate this).

To see what Chicago Parent had to say about PEP, click here.

For more information or to register for PEP, contact Katharine Bensinger at 773.765.0829 or email