Parents as First Teachers Training

TeenNow California is excited to debut the first of its Parents as First Teachers trainings in Riverside, Ca. TeenNow California, in collaboration with the Riverside Community Health Foundation, has created a new parent training curriculum to help parents become the fist teachers of sex education for their children. This FREE training is broken into two parts; one for parents of young children, aged 5-9, and one for parents of older children, aged 10-14. The trainings feature lessons on how to become an askable parent and communication skills, as well as providing parents with the resources and information they need to provide accurate and useful information to children.

Our first round of trainings will be held at the Bryant Park/Arlanza Community Center at 7950 Philbin Ave in Riverside. The three-session training for parents of young children will take place on Thursdays from 6-8PM starting February 17th (2/17, 2/24, and 3/3). The three-session training for parents of older children will begin on March 10th, and continue for the following two Thursdays at the same time (3/10, 3/17, and 3/24). If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please register by calling (619) 741-9650 or e-mailing The training is completely free for parents and will include refreshments.

This training, which focuses on teaching parents how to talk to their children about sexual health from an early age, is one of the first of its kind and we are excited to debut it in Riverside in an effort to reduce the teen pregnancy rate and have parents become more involved in the sex education of their children. Make sure to spread the word about this training to anyone you know in Riverside, and also remember that we need your support to continue these trainings and hopefully spread them throughout California. To donate, visit our webpage at

To learn more about the Parents as First Teachers program, visit our previous blog post about the program.

Also, there is a lot of information out there about the importance of parents becoming involved in the sex education of their children. Check out the resources below which feature articles on this topic. The only way parents can begin to teach their children about sex education is if they are educated on the topic also – Parents as First Teachers teaches parents how to put the power back in their own hands and be the “first teachers” in sexual health for their own children.

An article on the importance of parents in teaching sex education

An editorial of the “Top Ten List of Resolutions for Parents Talking to Teens about Sex”

A study that shows that while 98% of parents felt youth should receive their sex education from parents, only 24% believed they were the main providers of sex education information

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