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Teachers and administrators know that many parents speak English as a second language, and their native language is their first choice for communicating with school officials and teachers. A large proportion of parents speak Spanish as their native language, and they feel most comfortable speaking Spanish even though they are able to speak English. Organizations that conduct parenting workshops are beginning to understand that it is necessary to provide parents who speak Spanish as their preferred language the opportunity to have parenting workshops that will help them become better parents in easy to understand terms.

Children First, Inc. in Sarasota is leading the community in conducting workshops for parents in the community who speak Spanish as their preferred language. Registration for their Nurturing Dads parenting classes in Spanish will begin on January 20. New dads, step-dads, single dads, and granddads are all welcome to step up and participate in a workshop designed just for dads. Men can have a totally different perspective on parenting, and workshops designed for dads give men the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from other dads about parenting issues. Expectant dads will find these classes helpful, and they will want to prepare their list of questions to be answered by experienced dads.

The parenting classes for dads who speak Spanish will be held at Alta Vista elementary School, located at 1050 S. Euclid Avenue in Sarasota beginning February 4 and continuing until April 8. Classes will be held from 6;30-8:30 p.m. Interested dads may contact Fernando Rivera at 941-228-8331 for more information about these informative parenting classes for dads who speak Spanish. Registration is also available by logging on at



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