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Next Step: Putting Conflict Aside

Virtual via Zoom on Monday Evening

A four-week, Monday evening program for parents who wish to explore the impacts of separation and divorce more deeply. Prior attendance of the First Step: Foundations in Co-Parting Program is required. (Joining class in second, third or fourth session is not permitted). Participants' cameras and microphones will be on for this program.

If you have NOT attended the "First Step" program in the last two years, please return to the First Step calendar and register as soon possible. Attending this program within the last two years is a prerequisite of enrolling in the Next Step program.

There are some prerequisites before you can take the Next Step program. Please answer the questions below to help us get you enrolled as soon as possible. Feel free to email the Center at info@kidsfirstcenter.org or call (207) 761-2709 with any questions you may have about the enrollment process. Thank you for your interest in the Next Step.

There are some prerequisites before you can take the Next Step program. Please answer the questions below to help us get you enrolled as soon as possible. Feel free to email the Center at info@kidsfirstcenter.org or call (207) 761-2709 with any questions you may have about the enrollment process. Thank you for your interest in the Next Step.

Note: The Next Step is a program designed to help improve the co-parenting experience. It requires that you are able to co-parent under any orders or agreements you have with your child(ren)'s other parent. At the Kids First Center, we refer to this person as your "Co-Parenting Partner" or "CPP." To enroll in the Next Step, even if your CPP is not enrolled in the same class, you must (1) not have any court orders that limit your ability to have contact with your CPP. This includes an active Protection From Abuse Order, bail conditions, or a family matter orders that prohibits contact with your CPP or your children. And (2), you must have what Maine law terms, "Shared Parental Rights and Responsibilities." If you have any questions about whether the Next Step is the correct class for you, please contact us for assistance.

Note: There is NO requirement that the Next Step is taken at the same time as your CPP or that your CPP ever takes this class, unless ordered to do so by a court. In the event that you and your CPP attempt to enroll in the same class and either of you notify the Kids First Center that you do not wish to attend with your CPP (by designating below), the parent who commences the enrollment process first will be allowed to enroll and the other will be enrolled in the next available class as long as all other enrollment criteria are met.


Scholarships: If you think you may need financial assistance to attend a class, please contact the Kids First Center at (207) 761-2709 during normal business hours. 

Using the calendar below, select a class start date in blue, then time on the right side to register and pay for your class.


Have questions?

If you'd like to learn more about our programs or to apply for financial assistance, please email us at info@kidsfirstcenter.org, or call us at 207-761-2709, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Need-based scholarships for Maine residents are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Maine Judicial Branch. The Kids First Center's goal is to make its programming affordable for all parents, children, and allies regardless of financial hardship.