ParentWorks is a nonprofit organization based in Knox County that provides monthly parenting education classes to families experiencing separation and divorce. The classes have run successfully for more than a decade.

In response to frequent requests for a more in-depth parenting class, ParentWorks has developed a six-week course titled “What Our Children Need Us To Know.” The purpose of the course is to educate participants about responsible communication between family members. The course would be appropriate for parents experiencing separation and divorce, as well as for parents in intact families during times of stress and otherwise. The course could be taken as a follow up to ParentWorks’ four-hour class but attendance at the Saturday class is not a prerequisite for attendance at the six-week course.

ParentWorks said parents can bring their children. Dinner will be provided for participants and family members. Child care will be available during class time.

The six-week course will be held Mondays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, and April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland. There is no cost for the course, but attendance on all six Mondays is expected.

The curriculum will include instruction in the language and vocabulary of expressing thought and feeling, recognizing the difference, and identifying the difference between controlling one’s own actions and those of others. Emphasis will be placed on developing age-appropriate listening, communication and coping skills, especially suited to times of stress or crisis.

For more information or to register for the course, contact ParentWorks at 596-0014 or