Parent Education Program

Our Parent Education Program at Ann Martin Center strengthens parent-child-family relationships by addressing parenting concerns about their child’s emotional, behavioral, and academic development. With an emphasis on prevention and early intervention, our workshops provide vital support, skills, and tools that promote positive parenting. 

Workshops are FREE unless noted otherwise.

Location & Parking: 1375 55th Street, Emeryville, CA. Our clinic is four blocks west of San Pablo Avenue and two blocks south of Powell Street.

For map and directions, see There is a guest parking lot opposite the main entrance to our building. Street parking is also available.

Collaboration with the Parents Education Network (PEN)

Ann Martin Center is excited to join efforts with the Parents Education Network (PEN) to co-sponsor several of our Parent Education Workshops. 

PEN is a membership-based coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.  PEN focuses on delivering high-impact, high-quality programs including Student Advisors for Education (SAFE), parent support meetings, a parent education speakers series and EdRev, PEN’s annual resource conference .  PEN is based in San Francisco with affiliates in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Dallas, and Phoenix. For more information, visit

Living Your Destiny: Exploring the Programs & Philosophy of Destiny Arts Center

Speaker: Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director of Destiny Arts
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

This session will introduce you to the programs and philosophy of Destiny Arts Center and include a dynamic blend of dance/theater performances by the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company and some simple community building games that incorporate movement that will be appropriate for folks ages 7-70.


Taking Off the Mask

Speaker: Ashanti Branch
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm

This workshop is geared for parents who want to learn how to building lasting emotional connections with their children. For many boys across America, living up to male stereotypes, burying emotions, and feeling alone is the norm. From suicide to substance abuse to violence, society's narrow definition of what it means to "be a man" is creating a host of unintended consequences, for young men as individuals and for our society as a whole. This workshop will be an experiential opportunity with practical exercises in taking off your own mask as a beginning to learn how to support youth in doing the same. The workshop was created by Ashanti Branch, MEd, and featured in the documentary "The Mask You Live In".


Rainbow Stories: Parents Share Their Stories of Raising Gender Diverse Youth

Speaker: Sandra Collins, PhD
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 6:30-8 pm

The historic National Geographic January 2017 issue on the Gender Revolution reveals the  extent to which young children and teens are exploring gender in innovative ways. Come join a  diverse panel of parents who share their stories about raising transgender, gender diverse,  gender non-binary youth and teens. Parents will focus on identifying how they knew gender  was a category their child was questioning, highlighting the key challenges facing raising gender  diverse youth, emphasizing what they had to learn and un-learn about gender and their child,  as well as celebrating the lessons they have learned along the way.


For questions, requests, or suggestions for speakers and topics:

Please email Jennie Kogan, Community Education Coordinator, or leave a message at (510) 655-7880 ext 222.

Special Thanks

We gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship support of the Wells Fargo Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program, and the Robert & Helen Odell Fund.