About Dare to be You
DTBY is a 10-week program conveniently offered at Montgomery County schools. While the program is for parents of preschool-aged children, the entire family is invited, and we provide programming for everyone.
We encourage families to bring all of their children, no matter what their age, to DTBY to strengthen family bonds.
The DTBY program provides family-style meals each week before class. Eating together gives families times to discuss important matters, chat about their day, and be together in a stress-free time.
Following dinner, our core programming begins. The family takes part in a parent/child activity, all of which are designed to promote good communication and working together.
Our team introduces the topic for the week by engaging the families in a group activity that families can do together. For example, if we are discussing communication strategies, our families may create a flower with each petal having a positive attribute about their family.
Once the parent-child activity concludes, the preschool children and parents are separated. Preschoolers work with child development teachers engaging in circle time, songs, games, stories, and more. Each night, there is a different topic that coordinates with what the parents are learning. Parents receive instruction and have discussions on relevant topics such as child development, positive discipline, stress management, community connections, school readiness, and more. We aim to provide skills that help reduce life stressors as much as possible, so our families can focus on improving their relationships.
child careis provided for children under the age of three while the parents participate in the program.
- School-aged children (ages six to 11) receive a modified prevention education curriculum designed by the FSI DTBY staff at the same time their parents and preschool siblings are in their class. Topics include making friends, being respectful, peer pressure, making good choices, and more.
- Older children and teenagers have opportunities to earn Montgomery County Public School’s Student Service Learning (SSL) hours by volunteering during the program. SSL hours are a requirement for High School graduation. Teenagers earn SSL hours by helping with the parent and child activities, assisting with the preschool or sibling class, and participating in the activities being taught.