Our Parent Group sessions address topics in early childhood development and education. Parent Group equips caregivers with a wealth of resources; Sessions are also a chance for parents to share their parenting experiences with each other and discuss their parenting challenges and successes.

JFTN Parent Group is held on Monday mornings. Jennifer Johnson and Julia Jacobson lead each session.


Jennifer Johnson, LCSW, RPT-S

Clinical Director


Julia Jacobson, LCSW, M.S.Ed.

Behavioral Support Supervisor and Clinical/Educational Coordinator

Each week, Jennifer and Julia introduce topics related to understanding your child’s behavior and implementing effective behavior strategies.

If you have close family members who help care for your child, it can be helpful for them to have a shared understanding of the approaches we introduce in Parent Group. That’s why we welcome extended family members who also act as caregivers, such as grandparents, to attend Parent Group as well.

Parent Group has been a vital part of the JFTN program since 1994. It’s a core aspect of our preschool’s family services, and we ask that all parents attend.

Past Parent Group Topics

Understand your child's strengths & weaknesses

  • Keeping your child safe and developing their safety awareness, judgement and impulse control

  • Engaging your child with activities at their level to maximize attention, relatedness and learning

  • Reducing frustration and learning to challenge your child without overwhelming them

  • Having fun with your child: Replicating activities used by therapists at home to encourage learning

Help your child become more independent

  • Beginning and improve toilet training

  • Encouraging your child to dress themselves

  • Encouraging positive behavior during family outings

Manage challenging behaviors in a safe, positive manner

  • Predicting situations your child finds challenging and preparing for difficult moments.

  • Avoiding counterproductive techniques like hitting, yelling and punishing. Preserve your relationship as well as your child’s mood and self-esteem.

  • Nurturing your child’s self-control and independence

Keep your child healthy

  • Improving diet: Learn about nutrition & expanding food choices

  • The importance of a good night’s sleep

  • Accessing quality medical and dental care

  • Evaluating medical and nutritional treatments for effectiveness and safety.

Learn how to advocate for your child

  • Know the facts about your child’s legal rights

  • How to obtain the appropriate school and services for your child

  • Learn about additional social services that can benefit the entire family

ICYMI: Recent Parent Groups