famThe Columbus Public Library has numerous resources on parenting topics both in their print materials and DVD collections.  You can connect with the Library’s web site with the link below.


PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) a Meadows Behavioral Health & ECDHD -Behavioral Health Service, is an evidenced based therapy approach designed to address emotional and behavior disorders in children 2 – 7 years of age. The child’s parent(s) is actively involved. The goal of the therapy is to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and change the interaction patterns between the two. Contact Meadows Behavioral Health at 564-9888 or visit their website www.mbhtherapy.com or ECDHD -Behavioral Health Clinic at 562-8965 or visit their website www.ecdhd.com for more information.

PTI Nebraska (Parent Training Institute) in Omaha provides training and information to families whose children receive or need special education services. Contact the Center at 800-284-8520 or visit their website at www.pti-nebraska.org.

Parenting Classes/Workshops/Support

The following organizations provide parenting classes or workshops in Columbus.

  • Columbus Counseling Center, LLC offers a 4 hour & 8 hour Positive Parenting class quarterly.  Younger ages are covered in the morning & adolescents are covered in the afternoon. Participants may choose to attend 1/2 day or full day. For more information visit our website at www.columbuscounseling.net
  •  or call (402) 910-5909.
  • The Youth for Christ, Teen Moms program provides outreach to teenage mothers. Adults mentors are matched with each teen and help them to walk from social service dependency to self-sufficiency.  The mentors strive to be a positive influence in the teen mothers’ lives and help them develop good parenting and relationship skills.  The Young Dads program believes every young father needs to know that he was created with value and worth, and that God wants his life to count.  The guys meet twice a month to shoot pool, play ping-pong, enjoy snacks or pizza and just talk about:  Life; Responsibilities; School & Jobs; Healthy Relationships & Priorities.  You can contact either of these programs at 564-3700.

Parent-to-Parent Network offers these classes on an as needed basis:    

  • Active Parenting Now is an entertaining and informative, 6-week program for parents of children ages 5-12 that uses video, activities and discussion to show you ways to raise responsible, cooperative children who are able to resist negative peer pressure.  You’ll learn a proven approach to parenting developed by Dr. Michael Popkin that will lead to more harmony and happiness for you and your children.  Topics covered in the six sessions are:  The Active Parent; Winning Cooperation; Responsibility & Discipline; Understanding & Redirecting Misbehavior; Building Courage, Character & Self-Esteem;  and The Active Family Now.
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 Parents! teaches stages of development and more… this 3-week program is for parents of children ages 1-4.  Created by Active Parenting Publishers and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Topics covered are:  You and Your Child; Preventing Problems; and Encouraging Positive Behavior.

For both programs pre-registration is required.  Call 877-379-9926 for registration information.

Central Nebraska Community Services (CNCS) provides the following programs to families who qualify for their services.

  • Early Head Start (Center Based & Home Based) promotes family strengths by recognizing individual values and helps parents to better understand their child’s stages of development.  A family resource program to support parents in educating and nurturing their children is also provided. Contact the program at 564-1124.
  • Head Start Little Stars Preschool Promotes children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development while assisting the entire family in their efforts to reach economic self-sufficiency. It also promotes family strengths by recognizing individual values, encouraging teamwork and creating links in the communities. Contact the program at 564-1124.

PIWI (Parents Interacting With Infants ~ and toddlers too!) designed to enhance & strengthen parent-child relationships through recognizing and building competence and confidence in children and parents, and through providing parents with new knowledge of their children’s development in order to help them observe, interpret, and support their child’s emerging  competence & confidence. PIWI emphasizes the three major elements of social emotional wellness in infants & toddlers: experiencing, expressing and regulating emotions; forming close and secure relationships; and possessing the ability to explore and learn. PIWI is a collaborative effort through the Child Well Being Initiative. For more information call 402-563-9656.

Nebraska Extension’s “Co-Parenting for Successful Kids”  is a researched-based education class designed to help separating & divorcing parents cope with divorce & custody. The class is offered on-site at 10 locations in Nebraska- www.extension.unl.edu/divorce,  and online- www.go.unl.edu/coparenting. Parents learn to answer the children’s questions & keep their children safe & out of their conflict.  strengthens communication skills that can improve interactions with children & the other parent. The goal of the class is to develop respectful, responsive & responsible co-parenting.  It is recommended parents of the same child/children take different classes. Cost is $50. For more information, call the Platte County Extension office, Maxine Wessel  at 563-4901 or email her at mwessel2@unl.edu.

Support Groups

The Arc of Platte County sponsors the Parents for Parents program which provides one on one support to families of children with developmental disabilities by sharing information on disability and community resources.  Contact the Arc at 563-1699.

Compassionate Friends provides support for anyone who has lost a child.  For more information, call 910-4904.

The Parent to Parent Network is a non-profit parent-run organization that serves families in 22 Nebraska counties. This group of parents are raising children with developmental disabilities including behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges.  They work to strengthen families by providing access to resources, support, advocacy and education.  Local chapters of the Network meet monthly.  For more information, call toll-free at 1-877-379-9926.

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