Prevention Programs

All parenting classes, youth programs, and community education courses are facilitated by Prevention Services.


  • Space is limited, and registration is on a first come / first served basis.
  • Print and mail in registration form (forms linked with classes) or email Registrar or call 804-768-7212.
  • Completed paperwork and payment due within three business days before scheduled start date, unless you have spoken to Millicent Brickle or class instructor listed on registration form.
  • Classes take place at various locations in Chesterfield. Seating is limited and preregistration required.

Class Fee

Fees for classes offered by Prevention Services are negotiable, except for Living Apart, Parenting Together, and The Business of Co-Parenting classes.


  • Payment is due prior to class.
  • Check or money orders should be made out to: Treasurer of Chesterfield County.
  • Cash and credit card payments can be done in person (by appointment only) with Millicent Brickle. Email Registrar to setup an appointment.
  • There will be a $50 return check fee (payable in check, money order, or cashier’s check).

Cancellation / Refunds

To receive a full refund, requests must be submitted one week prior to class. Allow eight weeks to process refund. Please note there are no refunds for “No Shows." For a refund request, you may email Registrar or call 804-768-7212.

  1. Parent Education
  2. Youth Programs 
  3. Community Education

Understanding Young Children: They Don't Come with Instructions

During this six week class, parents or guardians
have the opportunity to learn more about young children
(newborn through six years old). 

Topics include:
  •  How to achieve a close relationship with your child
  •  How children learn through play
  •  How to handle challenging behaviors through effective discipline
  •  Understanding why children act the way they do
  •  Teaching new behaviors and avoiding power struggles

Dates: Tuesdays, February 4—March 10 2020, 5-6:30 p.m.                    Class fee: $50 per family; registration form (PDF).                       Contact: Registrar , 804-768-7212

Active Parenting of Tweens and Teens 

Designed for parents of middle schoolers (ages 10-15), emphasizes understanding teenage development, improving the parent-child relationship, reducing conflicts, and setting limits. The goal is to reduce stress and conflict between the child and the parent while promoting a well-adjusted adolescent. Participants have ample time for practicing skills and discussing their concerns. A parent-resource manual is provided.

Dates: Wednesdays, February 26-March 25, 2020.
Class Fee: There is no fee for this class; registration form (PDF).
Registrar, 804-768-7212

Living Apart. Parenting Together

This two-session class, which is mandated under the Virginia code sections 16.1-278.15 and 20-103 focuses on how parents of children up to age 18 can assist their children when parents no longer live together.

Dates: Mondays, Jan. 27 & Feb. 3 or May 4 & 11, 2020, 2:15-4:15 p.m.
Class fee: $50 per person; registration form (PDF).
Contact: Registrar , 804-768-7212