Being a parent is learning about the strengths you didn't know you had...

and dealing with the fears you didn't know existed."

An Earn While You Learn course...

Practical Parenting

Practical Motherhood Parenting Class - an incentive-based group class that educates new/expectant moms about the health, physical and emotional upbringing of their child to provide a firm foundation for future parenting success. In-person group sessions as well as on-line video courses provided. 

Practical Fatherhood Mentoring - an incentive-based mentoring program between trained fatherhood coaches and new or expectant fathers. This program is like the motherhood program in scope and goal but takes a more one on one approach. In person and on-line video options are available.



"These classes meant so much to me. I have not only learned what I needed to know about my new baby, but I have made lifelong friends also."  - Practical Motherhood Student

Refuge is proud to be in affiliation with BrightCourse.

Because of  BrightCourse, we are able to bring our clients contemporary, relatable, entertaining, and informative video content. The parenting lessons our clients learn through BrightCourse have been highly researched, produced, and organized with the unique challenges faced by today's families in mind.

Lessons Include

  • Trimesters

  • Prenatal Care

  • Eating for Two

  • Pregnancy Emotions

  • Safe Pregnancy

  • Bonding with your baby

  • Big Belly Mommy Hacks

  • Infant Expectations

  • Labor & Delivery

  • SIDS & CPR

  • Breastfeeding

  • Discipline

  • Character Building

  • Honesty

  • Relationships

  • Finances & Budgeting

  • Infant Health

  • Quality Childcare

  • Car Seat Safety

  • and more...


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I earn items for my baby through the Practical Parenting Classes?

A: When you register​ for class, participate in the lesson, submit the lesson homework and other simple tasks, you can earn points that can be redeemed in our Baby Market here at The Refuge Center. 

Q:Is this class only for first time moms and dads?

A: No. Some of our clients already have a child or two. But we have heard that they wish they had taken this class the first time around!

Q: Are the classes conducted in person or online?

A:  We offer both options for in person and online classes. Or you can choose a mixture of the two. However, our clients tell us that the in person classes are more impactful. They love the personal interaction with other moms and dads in the same stage of life.

Q: How do I enroll in the Practical Motherhood or Practical Fatherhood course?

A: Simply click here and fill out a short form. One of our instructors will contact you within ten business days to set up an orientation.